United States Pfizer Vaccine Donation Arrives in Lesotho

Maseru, Lesotho, November 10, 2021:  U.S. Embassy Maseru announces the donation of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the Kingdom of Lesotho as part of the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic.  The vaccine doses arrived in Lesotho through COVAX in coordination with the African Union. This donation will continue to support Lesotho’s national vaccine campaign and help protect Basotho from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2020, the United States has provided $8.4 million (approximately 126 million Maloti) to the COVID-19 response in Lesotho, focusing on COVID-19 testing, clinical care, surveillance, vaccine preparedness, and risk communication and community engagement.

Today’s donation signifies the continuation of the United States’ global leadership in public health and the international COVID-19 response, which is critical to ending this pandemic.  As President Biden announced earlier this year, the United States will share over 1.1 billion vaccine doses around the world, and today’s delivery is part of that commitment,” said U.S. Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales.

Acting Minister of Health Motlohi Maliehe thanked the U.S. government for standing side-by-side with the Government of Lesotho in the country’s response to COVID-19.  He also praised the remarkable role played by Lesotho’s frontline healthcare workers, who have ensured that citizens in the most rural areas of the Mountain Kingdom are vaccinated.

The U.S. government is committed to working with partners and governments to support global COVID-19 vaccination efforts, with a focus on vaccinating vulnerable populations.  This support is critical to controlling the pandemic, slowing the emergence of new variants, and helping to restart the global economy.

For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Maseru via email at InfoMaseru@state.gov.