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US delivers over 300,000 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 doses to Somalia

Sunday November 7, 2021

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The US has today delivered an additional 336,500 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Somalia bolstering the war against the global pandemic.

The doses arrived Sunday morning at the Aden Adde Airport in Mogadishu through the COVAX facility which is a combined effort between the WHO and several countries to ensure delivery of the vaccines to developing countries.

This shipment brings the total number of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine provided to Somalia by the United States to 638,900.

The first batch arrived in the country on August 12.

To date, the United States has delivered more than 220 million doses of vaccine to more than 100 countries.

‘We are sharing these doses safely, equitably, and with no strings attached. We are doing this with the singular objective of saving lives,” the US embassy in Mogadishu said in a statement.

The donation is expected to boost the fight against COVID-19 which according to the Ministry of Health has since claimed 1,234 lives since the first case was detected in March 2020.


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