Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine shipped by COVAX arrives in Liberia

Liberia has received 302,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J & J) COVID vaccine through a donation from the USA government through the COVAX Facility in collaboration with African Union and Africa CDC and other immunization Partners including UNICEF.

Musu Deshield Mitchell
Cross section of Diplomats awaiting the arrival of 302,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID Vaccine at Roberts International Airport.
Sonnie Seymour Morris/ UNICEF /2021
30 July 2021

On 25 July 2021, Liberia received 302,400 doses of the Johnson and Johnson (J & J) COVID vaccine. The vaccine is part of the COVAX dose-sharing mechanism. 

The doses have been made available through a donation from the USA government through the COVAX Facility in collaboration with African Union and Africa CDC and other immunization partners and was shipped via the COVAX initiative, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi, UNICEF and WHO. The arrival of the vaccines in Liberia is part of the historic step towards achieving the goal of equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. This delivery is part of a second wave of shipments that will continue to different countries in the coming days and weeks.

Ambassador Michael McCarthy stressed the importance of the vaccines in helping to help protect the Liberian People from the ravages of the COVID 19 virus and reduce barriers to building back the Liberian Economy.  

The Ambassador also expressed his appreciation COVAX Facility, GAVI and UNICEF teams for the immense help in arranging the logistics to get the vaccines to Liberia

COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF as well as the World Bank, civil society organizations, manufacturers, and others.

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be administered to first timers who have not received any COVID 19 Vaccine before.

 

UNICEF Liberia Representative and staff of the UNICEF Liberia Team at the Roberts International Airport after the arrival of the Johnson and Johnson COVID Vaccines
Sonnie Seymour Morris/ UNICEF /2021
Cross section of Diplomats after the arrival of 302,400 doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID Vaccine at Roberts International Airport.
Royda Urey/The Vantage Group/ 2021

“The decision to send the shipment of the COVAX to Liberia was expressly due to the framework implemented by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) to distribute the first consignment of vaccines and the effective campaigns placed in getting the vaccines to the people quickly and effectively.”

“COVID-19 doesn’t stop at any border, to end this pandemic, we must all work together and do our part. The vaccines donated by his Government is also part of the Biden-Harris Administration global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

 U. S. Ambassador to Liberia Michael McCarthy

Many thanks to UNICEF, GAVI and other partners including WHO for their immense help for the organizational and logistical support to ensure the vaccines were delivered into the County.

 U. S. Ambassador to Liberia Michael McCarthy