U.S. sends 400,000 Janssen doses to ROK; to arrive Sunday

Press Release
August 14, 2021

The United States will provide our close ally and partner the Republic of Korea with 400,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine for use in the general population as part of the international partnership for fighting the pandemic. The doses are scheduled to depart Memphis International Airport on Saturday, August 14, and arrive at Incheon Airport on Sunday, August 15.

This donation marks the second large-scale provision of vaccines this year, following the June 5 shipment of 1.01 million doses – twice the amount originally promised during the May 21 summit meeting between President Joe Biden and President Moon Jae-in. The ROK’s ability to effectively utilize those vaccines was taken into consideration for this donation.

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19, energizing economic recovery and contributing to our shared security. According to the United Nations, U.S. vaccine donations exceed those of all other countries combined; these donations reflect the generosity of the American spirit.