September 13, 2021
United States Mission in Sierra Leone
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Alhassan Jalloh
U.S. Donates over 113,000 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines to Sierra Leone
Freetown, Sierra Leone – The U.S. Embassy handed over 113,490 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the government of Sierra Leone as part of President Biden’s initiative to expand vaccine availability worldwide. In Sierra Leone, these 113,490 doses augment the 438,000 COVID-19 vaccines already donated by COVAX and other donors. These safe and effective vaccines will protect lives in Sierra Leone and help prevent dangerous new variants from spreading.
During the handing over ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, David Reimer, noted that “The arrival of the Pfizer vaccines today is a further testament to the United States’ commitment to standing together with the people and government of Sierra Leone to address shared global challenges”.
The U.S. Government is supporting Sierra Leone to safely and effectively manage COVID-19 vaccines by providing refrigerators for vaccine storage and informing people about the advantages of getting vaccinated and dispelling rumors. The U.S. Government has also worked closely with Sierra Leone since the pandemic began to keep health workers safe with protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and by providing food security and livelihood support, enacting emergency response activities, promoting preventive hygiene practices, and improving surveillance and laboratory equipment, staff, and systems.
Worldwide, the United States has delivered more than 110 million COVID-19 vaccines and hundreds of millions more are on the way. The United States is the largest donor to the global vaccine initiative COVAX.
The United States is committed to leading the global COVID-19 response because it is the right thing to do and will make us all—Americans and Sierra Leoneans alike—safer. We are proud to work with Sierra Leone to end this pandemic and build back a better world.