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USAID Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Capacity in Sulaymaniya
June 22, 2021

Professionals standing in front of trucks with USAID signs.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today delivered three refrigeration trucks to bolster the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sulaymaniya. These vehicles facilitate cold-chain distribution of vaccines and other medicines across the governorate. When presenting the trucks to Sulaymaniya Governor Haval Abubakir, U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller remarked, “The United States is committed to researching, developing, and supporting the global distribution of safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19.” In the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), the United States is providing a range of assistance to combat the pandemic, including training for health workers, providing primary health care centers with medical equipment, medicines, and other medical supplies, and distributing hygiene kits and food assistance to households and disinfection supplies to health facilities, among other activities. Last October, the USAID-funded COVID Isolation Ward adjacent to the Dohuk Burn and Plastic Surgery Hospital opened, providing a critical facility and the equipment needed for doctors in the IKR to safely treat COVID-19 patients. The United States—through USAID—is leading the world as the largest single donor to Gavi, the vaccine alliance, in support of COVAX. The United States has allocated more than $20 billion to benefit the global response, including commitments for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and foreign assistance.