PARAMARIBO – On Friday, February 11, the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo facilitated the
delivery of 226,800 Pfizer COVID–19 vaccines to Suriname’s Bureau of Public Health. This is
the second major delivery by the United States of vaccines to Suriname, following delivery of
more than 140,000 doses last August.
Friday’s donation is part of U.S. President Joseph Biden’s pledge to deliver 1.2 billion vaccine
doses to countries around the world. So far, more than 435,000,000 doses have been shipped
through the effort working through bilateral agreements and the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s
The shared goal of countries like the U.S. and Suriname is to stop the pandemic and save lives by
ensuring accessibility to the vaccines by everyone, as the global nature of the pandemic means if
the virus is spreading anywhere on the globe it is able to mutate, grow, and fester.
As outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can
lower the risk of getting and spreading the virus, helps prevent serious illness and death, and
limits the ability of the virus to mutate by limiting suitable hosts.
The vaccines will be used by the Surinamese Bureau of Public Health as part of its on–going
robust vaccination efforts. Get more information or register for a vaccine