November 26, 2022

US aid chief Samantha Power and CDC director Rochelle Walensky discuss COVID-19 vaccines with President Macky Sall of Senegal

Macky Sall
President Macky Sall of Senegal

Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 09:26 am

The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky met with Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday to discuss the U.S. Government’s Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX).

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

Announced in December 2021, Global VAX is a whole-of-government effort to turn vaccines in vials into vaccinations in arms around the world. 

The United States delivers 580,320 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Zambia on November 21, 2021. [U.S. government photo/

“During their meeting, Administrator Power shared USAID’s ongoing efforts to work with partners to accelerate vaccine delivery and uptake across sub-Saharan Africa and discussed how Global VAX could support the Senegalese government in expanding and accelerating its vaccination efforts,” USAID spokesperson Rebecca Chalif said in a statement.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

Chalif said Power “commended President Sall on his commitment to vaccinating all eligible Senegalese. President Sall provided his perspective on Senegal’s COVID-19 vaccination progress and indicated that Senegal is well-positioned to accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination efforts. He also emphasized the importance of investment in vaccine production in Africa, and expressed appreciation for US support to the Institut Pasteur de Dakar.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar on Saturday, November 20, 2021.

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