Pakistan has received the most awaited shipment of the Moderna vaccine from the United States on Friday, as a part of the 80 million doses Washington donated to countries around the world.
Earlier this month, Biden had notified that the US would dispatch seven million Covid-19 vaccines to Southeast Asia to support regional administrations overcome the pandemic.
The United States donated the doses through the global COVAX facility, which seeks to provide vaccines to developing countries like Pakistan. Pakistan has so far relied heavily on its ally China to provide vaccines.
The latest advancement comes days after hundreds of Pakistani expatriate workers rallied in Islamabad, demanding they should be promptly vaccinated with the Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines so they can travel abroad. The furious protesters also stormed the facility and caused damage, before the authorities temporarily close it down.
The Biden Administration has announced the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s vaccine supply. For these 80 million doses, the US will ship 75 percent through COVAX and the remaining will be targeted to help deal with spurts around the world.
The US Embassy Chancellor said, “These vaccines will save lives and help Pakistan rise from this crisis, which has destroyed so many families and communities in both countries. The vaccinated public will also help bring back the economic and social interactions.”
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri posted on Twitter, “We deeply appreciate constant support by the US in our struggle against the pandemic.”
Authorities recorded approximately 1,300 new infections and 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, marking a uniform decline in nationwide cases.
More than 13 million people are partly vaccinated in the country, and more than 3 million are fully vaccinated.