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

Tegucigalpa, 16 Mar The United States donated 349,830 doses of the US Pfizer covid vaccine to Honduras on Wednesday and announced that it will contribute $500,000 to support the Honduran government in its vaccination campaign against the virus.
According to the Honduran Ministry of Health, 116,610 doses arrived today, while 233,220 are expected for Thursday and Friday, for a total of 349,830 vaccines.
The donation was made through the Covax mechanism, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), said the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
The vaccines were delivered by the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Colleen Hoey, the Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Janina Jaruzelski, and the Deputy Minister of Projects and Investment of the Honduran Ministry of Health, Suani Montalván.
On January 27, when Xiomara Castro took office as president of Honduras, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris announced that her country would make a major vaccine donation to the Central American nation.
The donation “will strengthen efforts to protect the Honduran people from the ravages of the covid-19 virus,” said the U.S. Embassy.
With this new donation, by the end of this week the US will have donated more than 4.2 million doses of anti-covid-19 vaccines to Honduras through the Covax mechanism since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The United States and Honduras work together to stimulate economic growth and the creation of quality jobs and promote an equitable and inclusive economic recovery,” the U.S. Embassy said.
The United States will also contribute $500,000 to support the Honduran government in its campaign of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and communications on biosafety measures, as well as strengthen the distribution of vaccines, the diplomatic legation added.
The covid-19 pandemic in Honduras began to expand in March 2020 and since then it has left 10,842 dead and 417,201 infections, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health as of March 14.

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