The Embassy of the United States of America in Bogota, Colombia, announces the donation by the U.S. Government of 3.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to the government of Colombia as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s worldwide efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The donated vaccines will arrive in Bogota on July 25, and represent a contribution valued at approximately USD 52.5 million.
This is in addition to the 2.5 million Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses the U.S. donated to Colombia on July 1, for a combined total 6 million doses, which will allow Colombia to immunize 4.25 million people. This donation makes Colombia the largest recipient of U.S. vaccine donations in the region, both in terms of total doses and people immunized.
To date, the United States is the only country that has donated vaccines to Colombia. The Moderna vaccine will allow the Government of Colombia to provide broad protection to its citizens and to some of the many Venezuelan refugees within its borders. This donation of Moderna vaccine is part of the U.S. effort to distribute safe and effective vaccines to as many people as possible around the world as quickly as possible.
The Government of Colombia has made tremendous strides in its vaccination campaign. This U.S. donation of 3.5 million doses added to the previous donation of 2.5 million doses will allow the Government of Colombia to vaccinate more than 10% of the population eligible for vaccines.
These 3.5 million vaccine doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share America’s vaccine supply with the world and represent a continuation of the United States’ ongoing support to Colombia’s efforts to overcome the pandemic. The United States is investing USD 122.7 million in Colombia to respond to the pandemic. As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has pledged that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world.