September 4 , 2021
Ethiopia will receive its first round of 108,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine on September 6,2021, facilitated through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT). AVAT is an initiative of African Union members states established to act as a centralised procuring agent on behalf of the members to achieve vaccination goals through pooled financial resources. The AVAT has signed an agreement to procure 220 million doses of the J&J single shot COVID-19 vaccine with the potential to order 180 million additional doses. Last month, Ethiopia received 1.2 million doses of the J&J vaccine from the Unites States and half a million does of the AstraZeneca jab from the United Kingdom. The vaccines have been rolled out to people older than 18. As of the end of last week, the total number of vaccinated people stood at 2.5 million.
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