March 23, 2021 – The United States congratulates Bolivia and celebrates the arrival of 228,000 Covid vaccines doses under the COVAX mechanism. The US is committed to leading the global response to COVID-19, including by supporting global vaccine distribution through COVAX. This first shipment is part of the 5 million free vaccines that Bolivia will receive through this mechanism.
The US, through its international cooperation agency USAID, leads the world as Gavi’s largest contributor to COVAX. To date, our $2 billion support represents nearly forty percent of all commitments to GAVI/COVAX.
The US will contribute an additional $2 billion to COVAX by 2022, totaling $4 billion. However, we cannot do this alone. We urge other countries to increase their financial and in-kind contributions to COVAX.
We are proud to have already contributed $140 billion to global health programs just in the first 20 years of this millennium.