July 4, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today the United States delivered 2 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to the people and government of Uzbekistan to continue Uzbekistan’s fight against COVID-19. This vaccine shipment is part of 1.2 billion doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that the United States Government has pledged to donate to 115 countries through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility.
Speaking at the vaccine arrival ceremony, USAID/Uzbekistan’s Health Office Director Cherry Gumapas said, “This donation builds on over 7.6 million doses of U.S.-manufactured vaccines that the United States has delivered to Uzbekistan since July 2021. The U.S. Government also supported previous COVAX deliveries of Moderna (7.7 million doses) and AstraZeneca (2.6 million doses) vaccines to Uzbekistan.”
In addition to vaccine donations, the United States, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has provided more than $18.2 million to address COVID-19 in Uzbekistan.
Almost two weeks ago, the first local case of Stealth-Omicron BA.2, one of the most contagious COVID-19 variants, was reported here in Uzbekistan. The new cases now being detected show that the danger from COVID-19 has not passed. Individuals and families can protect themselves against severe illness and hospitalization by getting vaccinated.
This donation also celebrates 30 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Uzbekistan. The United States’ continued support for Uzbekistan’s health sector reflects the powerful results of our partnership.
The United States is committed to its partnership with Uzbekistan to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States, through USAID, has partnered with the Ministry of Health since the earliest days of COVID-19 in 2020. USAID continues to support Uzbekistan’s leadership’s efforts to mitigate COVID-19’s devastating social and economic impacts and to support national systems to be better prepared for future outbreaks.
USAID partners with the Government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and build the government’s capacity to respond to the population’s needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan, and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAIDUzbekistan/