The statement released by US Embassy in Rwanda reads that the next batch expected to arrive towards the end of this week will bring the total number of vaccines delivered to Rwanda to 1,239,830.
US Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter H. Vrooman has said that the vaccines are meant to save lives of citizens giving them protection against COVID-19 as the world continues to beef up efforts to defeat the pandemic.
He also revealed that the vaccines will support the country to recover the economy shaken by effects of COVID-19.
In June this year, US President Joe Biden announced the U.S. Government’s commitment to procure and donate an additional 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to up to 100 countries supported by the COVAX Advance Market Commitment and member states of the African Union.
On 22nd September, he also announced that US will donate more 500 million COVID-19 vaccines with a target to reach 1.1 billion vaccines to be donated by 2022.
Rwanda has so far received 3,658,310 COVID-19 vaccines. The Ministry of Health recently announced that 21% of the target population of 7.8 million people (representing 60% of the Rwandan population) is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.