Belmopan – The United States Government began the donation of 345,150 Pfizer vaccine
doses today to support Belize in the fight against COVID-19.
The first tranche of 111,150 Pfizer vaccines arrived on August 18 at Philip S.W. Goldson
International Airport for distribution to various regions of the country.
The 345,150 vaccine doses will help protect more than 170,000 Belizeans from the
COVID-19 virus, which has led to an official global death toll of more than four million
and has infected more than 200 million worldwide.
“We are proud to continue to work alongside the Government of Belize to fight this highly
infectious virus to ensure the safety of all Belizeans. The more than 345,000 Pfizer
vaccines we began donating today will vaccinate 172,000 individuals, which will save
Belizean lives,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones.
“The United States is honored to support all efforts to mitigate this terrible disease, and,
since the beginning of the pandemic, has assisted Belize with $462,500 in direct assistance
in its fight against COVID-19. This includes donations of protective equipment and
supplies for medical personnel, and a state-of-the-art, ultra-low temperature freezer for the
storage of Pfizer vaccines. We have funded projects aimed at reducing the risk and impact
of COVID-19 in vulnerable populations and donated critical sanitization items in schools
to protect students and teachers. The United States also facilitates the sequencing of
Belize’s COVID-19 strains through a joint Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
project with Baylor University that enables the Ministry of Health and Wellness to quickly
detect dangerous new variants when they appear in Belize,” Chargé Moses-Ones noted.
To learn more about U.S. COVID-19 assistance to Belize: bz.usembassy.gov/covidresponse.