The USA supports Benin in the fight against Covid-19. Uncle Sam donated 302 thousand 400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to the country. It is the Benin authorities that provide the information. According to the US Embassy in Benin, the vaccines donated are “part of the (American) government’s commitment to initially provide at least 25 million doses of the 80 million planned for African partners”.
The vaccines arrived in Cotonou yesterday, Monday 26 July. The US ambassador to Benin expressed his country’s pride in supporting Benin in the fight against the disease. “We are proud to support Benin’s efforts to fight this disease with this donation, which is part of our longstanding commitment to developing a healthier and more prosperous future for Benin and its people,” said Patricia Mahoney.
0.1% of the population is fully vaccinated
These vaccines from Johnson & Johnson’s laboratories are in addition to other Chinese and UK vaccines (AstraZeneca) supplied under the Covax initiative. Benin obviously has a good supply to continue its vaccination campaign. Currently only 0.1% of the population is fully vaccinated. Suffice it to say, given the reluctance of the Beninese to get vaccinated, the country still has a long way to go in this area. In the US it’s the other way around, and soon half the population will be fully vaccinated. Today 49.7% of Americans are fully vaccinated.