US to send 4mn more doses of Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan: report

WASHINGTON: The US will begin sending over four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan Thursday, said a spokesperson of the White House, speaking to the Voice of America

The 4,149,990 doses, sent through COVAX, the global vaccine-sharing initiative co-led by Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), the WHO (World Health Organization) and CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness), are in addition to the more than 9.2 million doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccine already donated to Pakistan since June.

In an email, the White House spokesperson said that US President Biden had said earlier that the US is committed to ensuring vaccination of citizens abroad with the same energy it has overseen vaccinations at home. 

“We are working to get as many safe and effective vaccines to as many people around the world as fast as possible,” he wrote. 

Pakistan has administered a little over 58mn doses of the vaccine so far, but millions are still hesitant on getting vaccinated against the infection. 

While Pakistan has largely relied on Chinese vaccines against COVID-19, the current batch of COVID-19 doses will help officials deal with a shortage of vaccines developed by Western countries. 

One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in Pakistan a day earlier.