More than 5 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donations arrived in Indonesia this week. With this new arrival, the US has now donated a total of 40.8 million doses of vaccine to Indonesia, and has donated more than 620 million of its vaccines to more than 120 countries in every region of the world. This new shipment demonstrates America’s continued commitment to fulfilling President Biden’s pledge to donate 1.2 billion doses of safe and effective vaccine worldwide.
The United States is also the largest donor to COVAX, with a commitment of $4 billion. COVAX has worked with UNICEF to deliver more than 1.4 billion doses of its vaccine to countries around the world, including more than 106 million doses of its vaccine in Indonesia.
US Ambassador to Indonesia Song Y. Kim said, “Congratulations to the Government of Indonesia for successfully vaccinating 73% of the population with a complete COVID-19 vaccine.” will help Indonesia continue to pursue higher vaccine and booster coverage. The United States remains committed to a strategic partnership with Indonesia to achieve its goals of sustainable economic growth and development. increase.”
Since the pandemic began, the US government has provided more than $77 million to support Indonesia’s response to COVID-19, providing it with more than $1 billion in health-related aid over the past 20 years. building. US support has reached more than 260 million in Indonesia, which is 94% of its population. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States has supported more than 840,000 frontline health workers and strengthened nearly 2,000 hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.
The United States is committed to partnering with the Indonesian government and people to deliver a robust and lifesaving economic recovery while securing development progress during decades ravaged by the pandemic. Polio and other routine immunizations have declined, but tuberculosis surveillance and treatment have plummeted as health facilities are overwhelmed by COVID-19 and patients are reluctant to seek treatment for other diseases. Downgrading to the USAID Program will help fight COVID-19 alongside other important priorities such as tackling climate change, increasing Indonesia’s resilience to disasters, protecting land and marine wildlife, and promoting pluralism and tolerance. We are working to address this side effect.