Niger receives its third batch of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility

Niger received today the second batch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, donated by the US Government

Lalaina Fatratra Andriamasinoro
COVAX Partners
UNICEF Niger/2021/Andriamasinoro
29 July 2021

NIAMEY (Niger), 29 July 2021 - Niger received today the second batch of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, donated by the US Government, at the international airport of Niamey, bringing the total to 302,400 doses. Supplying these vaccines is part of the US’ commitment to provide at least 25 million doses to Africa, in coordination with CDC Africa and the African Union.

This is the third batch Niger has received through the COVAX Facility. In April 2021, a total of 355,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines were shipped by COVAX to Niger.

Thanks to global solidarity and cooperation, the world now has its clearest pathway yet to ending the acute stage of this pandemic, globally.

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151,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines were received today bringing the total to 302,400 doses.
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“Several countries are unfortunately beginning to experience a new wave of the pandemic, and the threat of the Delta variant continues to hang over all countries around the globe. The vaccine is the only weapon we have to stop the virus spreading,” declared Dr Idi Illiassou Mainassara, Minister for Public Health, Population and Social Affairs.
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“This donation is part of global efforts by the Biden administration to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Supplying these vaccines is part of the United States’ commitment to provide at least 25 million doses to Africa, in coordination with the African Union and African public health authorities" said H.E. Eric P. Whitaker, US Ambassador
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"These new vaccine doses will allow us to scale up vaccinations in the country while at the same time diversifying vaccine supply. We need to accelerate our efforts to reach as many people as possible" said Attaher Maiga, on behalf of the United Nations System in Niger
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"The UK will donate 5 million doses by the end of September, beginning in the coming weeks, primarily for use in the world’s poorest countries." reveals Francisco Salazar from the UK Embassy, at the ceremony.
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The European Union has supported Niger since the start of the pandemic and took this opportunity to reiterate its commitment to supporting the Government and to stepping up efforts to combat the pandemic.

UNICEF & COVAX

As a key COVAX partner, UNICEF is leading the procurement and supply of vaccines and immunisation supplies (such as syringes and cold chain) to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries, building on our experience as the world’s largest provider of vaccines. We are also responsible for ensuring that countries are ready and prepared to receive and deliver the vaccines. This includes working with governments to strengthen and prepare supply chains within countries, training health workers to handle the vaccines, building trust in vaccines by engaging with communities, and addressing misinformation and other barriers.