ISLAMABAD: The United States on Thursday donated 3.7 million more doses of the life-saving Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan under the COVAX facility.
According to a statement issued by the US embassy, “Today’s donation of 3.7 million vaccines is in addition to the 5.5 million Moderna vaccine doses that the US government donated to Pakistan in July, bringing the total number of doses sent from the United States to Pakistan to over 9.2 million.”
US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P Aggeler said that there is an urgency, now more than ever, to put an end to this devastating pandemic, and Pakistan and the United States are continuing to work together to achieve that goal.
“The United States is proud to partner with the Pakistani people to defeat Covid-19. Together, we will continue to build a world that is safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease,” she further said.
She said that the United States has also delivered more than $63 million in Covid-19 assistance through its partnership with the government of Pakistan. Since the start of the pandemic, the United States has worked together with Pakistan to improve infection prevention and control, enhance patient care, expand laboratory testing, and support frontline healthcare workers, she added.
The United States is the single largest contributor supporting COVAX efforts toward global Covid-19 vaccine access. This donation to Pakistan is part of the 500 million Pfizer doses the United States purchased this summer to deliver to 92 countries and economies worldwide, including Pakistan, to fulfil President Joe Biden’s commitment to provide safe and effective vaccines around the world and supercharge the global fight against the pandemic, said the statement.