The United States donates 349,830 COVID-19 vaccines to Honduras

The United States donated 349,830 doses of an American antiviral vaccine from Pfizer to Honduras on Wednesday and announced that it will contribute $500,000 to support the Honduran government in its campaign to vaccinate against the virus.

According to the Honduran Ministry of Health, 116,610 doses arrived today, while 233,220 doses are expected to arrive on Thursday and Friday, with a total of 349,830 vaccine doses.

The donation was made through the Covax mechanism, which is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa indicated.

The delivery of the vaccines was attended by Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy Colin Hoy, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Janina Jaruzelski, and the Deputy Minister for Projects and Investments at the US State Department. Honduran Health Secretariat, Suani Montalván.

On January 27, when Chiomara Castro took office as President of Honduras, US Vice President Kamala Harris announced that her country would make a major donation of vaccines to the Central American country.

The US embassy said the donation “will enhance efforts to protect the people of Honduras from the scourge of the COVID-19 virus.”

With this new donation, by the end of this week, the United States will have donated more than 4.2 million doses of anticoid-19 vaccines to Honduras through the Kovacs Mechanism since the start of the pandemic.

“The United States and Honduras are working together to stimulate economic growth, create good jobs, and promote a just and inclusive economic recovery,” the US embassy said.

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The diplomatic commissioner added that the United States will also contribute $500,000 to support the Honduran government in its SARS-CoV-2 vaccination campaign and to communicate vital safety measures, as well as to boost vaccine distribution.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Honduras began expanding in March 2020 and has since left 10,842 deaths and 417,201 infections, according to the latest data released as of March 14 by the Ministry of Health. EFE

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