September 23, 2021: The U.S. Embassy to Mauritius announces the donation by the United States government of 76,050 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
This donation will help protect Mauritians from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus, especially those between the ages of 12 and 17, who are eligible to receive this vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Mauritius on September 23 and were met at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Mauritius. The COVID-19 vaccine doses were shipped to Mauritius via the COVAX facility.
“Vaccines are the best way to control the pandemic, slow new variants, and return to economic prosperity. Mauritius has been a global leader in vaccination, and this donation from the American people will help protect young people between 12 and 17 years old,” U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas Kohl said.
These 76,050 COVID-19 vaccine doses are part of the Biden Administration’s commitment to share over half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine to more than 100 countries. As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and we work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be a provider of vaccines for the world.
As President Biden said, “From the beginning of my presidency, we have been clear-eyed that we need to attack this virus globally as well. This is about our responsibility — our humanitarian obligation to save as many lives as we can — and our responsibility to our values. We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners.”
Nicholas Von Mertens | Public Affairs Officer | U.S. Embassy | VonMertensN@state.gov