Gem Diamonds' Letšeng Diamonds has acquired and donated 20,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to the Government of Lesotho. The miner has contributed significantly to the national effort to control the spread of the virus, engaging extensively with the Ministry of Health. The distribution will happen according to the Government's vaccine rollout plan.
"I would like to thank Letšeng Diamonds on behalf of the Basotho Nation for the generous financial contribution that they have made which shall be used for the purchase of 20,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine," said Dr. Moeketsi Majoro, Prime Minister of Lesotho.
In addition, the company has donated a modular unit for use as a testing laboratory and 17 oxygen concentrator machines to 10 hospitals and clinics throughout Lesotho. In the project communities, they have worked to raise awareness and implemented measures such as the distribution of food parcels, seeds for sustainable vegetable crops, and personal protective equipment such as masks, hand washing taps, and hand sanitizers.
"Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been wholly committed to supporting Lesotho at a local and national level, as well as to protecting all of our employees and contractors," said Clifford Elphick, Gem Diamonds' CEO. "The donation of 20,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to the people of Lesotho is another significant step in ensuring that Gem Diamonds continues to make a positive impact on the lives of the surrounding communities." These donations are a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the Covid-19 pandemic response and infection prevention.