According to the White House, President Joe Biden will provide Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, and the United States will provide the African Union with more than 17 million one-time donations of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
The meeting with Kenyatta at the White House marked Bydens for the first time as President of African leaders. Kenya is replacing the UN Security Council this month. The United States and Kenya have long cooperated in economic and security initiatives, including the fight against terrorism.
Biden said the 17 million doses would contribute to the 50 million doses the United States has already donated to the African Union.
According to the White House, donations of vaccine doses will help the African Union secure local acquisition of J&J through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust.
“We have done everything we can to take a useful step not only in Kenya but also on the African continent,” Kenyatta said.
Medical professionals will receive a syringe filled with the Johnson and Johnson Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, which will be administered on August 20, 2021 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.
On August 23, 2021, a nurse administers a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to a man at the Bicil Health Center in Ibisil, a village of Matapato, north of Kaziad, Kenya.
With 55 member states and a population of more than 1.3 billion, the African Union has accused vaccine manufacturers of not providing fair access to member states. Of the 5.7 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine given worldwide in mid-September, only 2% were infected in Africa.
According to the White House, 17 million J&J are available for immediate delivery and will be delivered to the African Union within a few weeks.
African countries and the World Health Organization have been asking pharmaceutical companies to set up vaccine factories on the continent for months to ensure that the richer countries provide COVID-19 injections.
According to John Nkengasong, the most important official on the African continent, only about 4.5% of Africans were completely vaccinated against COVID-19, according to last week.
Mr Biden also said the two countries will discuss what the United States can do to support the Horn of Africa security issue and how to combat climate change.