ISLAMABAD: The United States on Thursday donated three million doses of Moderna vaccine to Pakistan in partnership with the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility and UNICEF, said a statement released by the American embassy in Islamabad.
“This donation is part of the 80 million doses the United States is sharing with the world, delivering on our pledge to facilitate equitable global access to safe and effective vaccines, which are essential to ending the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the statement. “As President Biden has said, the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.”
US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler maintained her country was trying to support access to COVID-19 vaccines for the populations that needed them the most.
“The arrival of these three million doses is in addition to the 2.5 million doses the United States donated earlier this month to the people of Pakistan,” she continued. “These vaccines, which come from our own domestic vaccine supply, are a clear demonstration of President Biden’s promise – and our promises kept – to stand with the people of Pakistan in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The American embassy further said the United States had delivered more than $50 million in COVID-19 assistance to Pakistan.
It added that the US had worked with Pakistan since the beginning of the pandemic to improve infection prevention and control, enhance patient care, expand laboratory testing, disease monitoring, and case tracking in all districts, and support frontline healthcare workers.