WASHINGTON – A White House spokesperson told VOA that as Pakistan responds to the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by delta mutations, the United States will begin shipping 4 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to the country on Thursday.
4,149,990 doses were sent through COVAX, a global vaccine sharing program led by Gavi (Vaccine Alliance), WHO (World Health Organization) and CEPI (Alliance for Epidemic Prevention), in addition to more than 9.2 million doses since June , Has donated a certain dose of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Pakistan.
U.S. donates 2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan
The US Embassy pointed out that Washington has provided nearly US$50 million in COVID assistance through its “partnership” with Islamabad
The spokesperson said in an email: “As President Biden said: The United States is committed to bringing the same urgency that we have demonstrated at home to international vaccination efforts.” As many people as possible provide as many safe and effective vaccines as possible.”
The Pakistani government said it had injected 56.7 million doses of vaccines for its people, but health officials said that despite the surge in new infections and an adequate supply of vaccines, millions of people in the country are still reluctant to get vaccinated. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan has imposed lockdowns many times.
The highest single-day vaccination took place on August 31. It includes more than 1 million first doses and 500,000 second doses.
— Pakistan National Health Service (@nhsrcofficial) September 1, 2021
The country’s national vaccination campaign relies heavily on China’s vaccines, but US donations are helping officials overcome a severe shortage of anti-coronavirus vaccines developed in the West.
According to a tweet by Sputnik V, one million doses of Sputnik V vaccine also arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday. Despite concerns about the Russian vaccine, Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, told VOA Urdu that Pakistan is satisfied with the results of the Russian vaccine. After government approval, the vaccine is imported and sold by the private sector.
According to Pakistani government data, there are 1,163,688 cases in the country, of which 93,901 are active. The country has nearly 26,000 COVID-19-related deaths and is responding to rampant infections from delta variants.
Humanitarian organizations have been pushing rich countries to donate more doses.
“The fastest way to end the pandemic is to provide more vaccines to more people at home and abroad,” Sean Simmons of ONE Campaign told VOA.
“We know that the United States and other wealthy countries have the ability to share more doses, and donations like this are a critical step towards increasing vaccine coverage everywhere,” Simmons said. “As the delta variant and other emerging variants have shown painfully to us, we are all in this struggle, and the world cannot leave anyone behind.”
Ayesha Tanzeem of Islamabad and Aisha Khalid of Washington contributed to this report.