SUVA, Fiji – The United States has donated 23,400 life-saving doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Kiribati through the COVAX facility – a partnership co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi , the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO), with UNICEF as the lead delivery partner. This donation is the first installment of a total of 53,820 doses of Pfizer that the United States will deliver to Kiribati to help address the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. As the world’s largest donor to the global response to COVID-19, the United States has provided more than $19 billion in health, humanitarian and economic assistance to date and pledged to provide $1.2 billion free of charge. vaccine doses in the world, of which we have already provided more than 542 million doses.
Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) Tony Greubel said, “We are using the power of our democracy, the ingenuity of American scientists and the strength of American manufacturing to deliver lifesaving vaccines around the world. We are proud to deliver 23,400 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to our friends in Kiribati. »
The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided a total of $52 million to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19 in Pacific island countries. USAID has partnered with humanitarian organizations on the ground in Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the region. These efforts included distributing hygiene supplies, installing handwashing stations and water tanks at strategic points, and raising awareness about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy. As part of this effort, USAID donated ventilators to Kiribati and supported frontline health workers with technical training to safely use and maintain the ventilators.
For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral health aid. Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested more than $5.21 billion in aid to the Pacific Islands.