Suva, Fiji – On July 15, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a new $ 1.5 million partnership with UNICEF to help governments in the region to immunize their populations quickly and effectively against COVID-19. This new partnership, which will support efforts in Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, will focus on post preparation, delivery and follow-up. -Delivery of COVID-. 19 vaccines. USAID assistance will also train partner institutions in effective vaccine management and provide technical assistance to colleagues in partner country health ministries to disseminate effective public messages about immunizations.
As one of COVAX’s major donors, the United States is proud to be at the forefront of the global response and to push for equitable access to safe and effective vaccines. In order to save lives around the world, rebuild the global economy, and stop the threat of new variants, we need to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
USAID continues to lead this effort on behalf of the American people, and we recognize that this unique moment in history requires strong, coordinated, and cooperative American leadership. We will continue to do all we can to build a world that is safer and more free from the threat of infectious disease.
USAID has provided $ 35 million in humanitarian assistance to the Pacific since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this award is part of our larger effort to not only donate materials and commodities, but help ensure appropriate use, provide the necessary technical support and facilitate the development of essential skills for our partners in the region.