Remarks by Ambassador Wright at the delivery to Tanzania of over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The United States is pleased to share over one million vaccine doses with the people of Tanzania.  The United States is helping lead the world out of this pandemic, building a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.  All countries, regardless of income status, need vaccines that meet rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness

The United States has provided more than $26 million in direct U.S. government assistance to fight COVID-19 in Tanzania since the pandemic began last year.  The United States is committed to leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating global vaccine distribution as the world’s single largest donor to COVAX.

We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic.  Sharing these vaccines also serve as another example of the strength of our 60-year partnership and our commitment to Tanzania.  The U.S. government, via agencies such as USAID and CDC, has invested for decades in strengthening the Tanzanian health system and institutions to be able to respond quickly to urgent needs such as this one.

As President Biden has said: “The United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.”

Thanks to the ingenuity of American scientists and the resilience and commitment of the American people, we’re in a position to help others.  We will continue to do all we can to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.

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