The United States Government donated 640,800 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, valued at $4 million, for adults and children in Bolivia. The vaccines will be distributed by the Ministry of Health to all nine departments in Bolivia.
This new donation is part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to maintain a coordinated international effort to accelerate access to safe vaccines as well as help Bolivia strengthen its health system and prepare for future COVID-19 waves.
“These vaccines are a demonstration of the unconditional support of the United States to Bolivia since the pandemic began. The pandemic taught us that we must all work together to protect health. The donation is another example of the long friendship between the United States and Bolivia,” said U.S. Embassy Chief of Mission Debra Hevia. “We will continue to work together in health and other areas of mutual interest for the benefit of the Bolivian people,” Chief of Mission Hevia added.
Since March 2021, through the COVAX mechanism, the United States has delivered nearly 5 million high-quality vaccines to Bolivia, at no cost, and more than $10 million in funding for oxygen treatment and COVID testing in Bolivia, as well as two field hospitals. The COVAX mechanism is the international initiative that seeks to guarantee equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines. The United States is the largest contributor to COVAX worldwide.
Although the acute phase of the pandemic has been overcome, COVID-19 continues to be the cause of many deaths throughout the world, and there are still many unvaccinated people at risk. As U.S. President Joe Biden said, “As long as the COVID virus continues to spread anywhere, it is a threat to people everywhere.” That is why the United States continues to share effective and safe vaccines to strengthen global health security and achieve a healthier world for all. To date, the United States has donated more than 690 million vaccines to 117 countries around the world.