US donates Morocco 850,590 Pfizer vaccine doses, $2 million assistance to support its highly successful response to pandemic
The United States delivered Saturday, October 30, some 850,590 doses of the Pfizer anti-covid-19 vaccine to Morocco as well as a $2 million donation provided by the USAID, aimed at providing additional emergency aid to Morocco and at extending further support to the Kingdom’s highly successful response to the pandemic.
In a tweet, the United States Embassy in Morocco announced that it had offered new doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Morocco as part of the COVAX program, an initiative that aims to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines at the global scale.
“Along with these 850,590 Pfizer vaccine doses, the United States has provided an additional $2 million in COVID-19 assistance to further support Morocco’s highly successful response to the pandemic,” the tweet added.
This batch of 850,590 doses of the Pfizer vaccine was received at Casablanca Airport Saturday by the American chargé d’affaires and the US consul general in Casablanca, Lawrence Randolph, officials of the Ministry of Health and USAID Morocco Mission Director Brooke Isham.
According to a press release from the US Embassy, the $2 million assistance is aimed at providing additional emergency aid to Morocco in its fight against COVID-19. This brings the total amount of US aid to the Kingdom to $19.88 million.
This new funding will provide technical assistance, equipment and supplies that will support Morocco in its national vaccination campaign and in its efforts to limit the spread of the pandemic. It also aims to strengthen the efforts of laboratories to acquire COVID-19 screening kits.
The US Consul General in Casablanca, Lawrence Randolph, was quoted in the press release as saying that “the protection of the lives and economic stability of Morocco are common objectives in the strong partnership between our two countries.”
“This donation of 850,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will save lives and is the ultimate component of our hard work with our Moroccan partners, in our fight to end the pandemic. The amount of additional aid in the fight against Covid-19 which amounts to $2 million will further support Morocco’s successful efforts against the pandemic,” he added.
In addition to the funds provided by the USAID, the US military has invested more than $3.8 million to establish field hospitals and provide laboratory assistance.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also plans to provide Morocco with approximately $2.37 million to support emergency efforts, laboratories, as well as control and epidemiological efforts.
As part of the COVAX program, Morocco received in July this year 300,000 doses of the American Johnson & Johnson vaccine.