September 10, 2023: The U.S. Embassy to Mauritius is pleased to announce that the United States Government, in partnership with COVAX, has donated 51,840 doses of the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine by to the people of Mauritius. The 51,840 doses of the vaccine successfully arrived at Sir Seewoosagur International airport via COVAX this afternoon in the presence of Mauritian Health Minister Kailesh Jagutpal and U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius Henry Jardine.
The vaccine donation is part of the United States government’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the Mauritian Government’s request for additional vaccines to protect the Mauritian population from COVID-19.
This is the United States’ fourth COVID-19 vaccine donation to Mauritius, for a total of 439,110 Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines from the U.S. Government, in partnership with COVAX, since 2021. A first donation of 76,050 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was made in September 2021, and a second consignment of 107,640 doses arrived in November 2021. The third donation of 203,580 doses was made in December 2022.
According to Ambassador Jardine, “This donation is part of the United States’ comprehensive approach to ending the pandemic, mitigating COVID-19’s harm to people and societies, and strengthening global recovery and readiness for future pandemic threats. The United States is the leading financial donor to COVAX, and this fourth vaccine donation to the Mauritian people shows that the United States is still committed to donating vaccines. As President Biden has made clear, we are stepping up to keep communities safe and protect the most vulnerable.”
So far, the U.S. Government has successfully donated more than 688 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 117 countries and economies around the world, including Mauritius, in partnership with COVAX, Caricom, the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT), and bilaterally.