Most of the drugs were transferred through the international COVAX mechanism, the Department of State said.
The United States has transferred more than 35 million doses of covid vaccines to the States of Africa and the Middle East. This was announced on Tuesday by Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs Yael Lempert, speaking via video link at the Washington Atlantic Council.
“To date, the United States has transferred more than 35 million life-saving vaccines [from coronavirus] to the countries of the Middle East and North Africa,” she said. Lempert clarified that most of the drugs were transferred through the international COVAX mechanism to combat the pandemic.
The COVAX initiative was launched by WHO in April 2020 to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines in developing and low-income countries. By July 2020, more than 160 countries had joined it, pooling their resources for the fastest possible purchase and distribution of vaccines to third world countries.