(OFFICIAL) U.S. to begin shipping COVID-19 doses to Kenya and Ghana

An employee shows the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – The United States will begin shipping more than 2 million doses of Moderna’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine to Kenya and Ghana on Thursday through the COVAX global distribution program, a White House official said.

The United States is sending 880,320 doses to Kenya and 1,229,620 doses to Ghana, the official said, the latest installments in a U.S. vaccine diplomacy push that has sent vaccines to dozens of countries.

The doses will be delivered through the COVAX facility, jointly run by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

Africa has lagged sharply behind other regions in vaccinating its citizens, with most countries reporting single-digit vaccination rates, compared with much higher double-digit rates in advanced economies such as the United States.

(This story officially corrects number of doses sent to Ghana in second paragraph to show 880,320 doses sent, not 880,460, as per White House official)

Reporting by Andrea Shalal
Editing by Robert Birsel

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