U.S. to ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. authorities will ship 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan on Thursday, bringing the entire variety of doses despatched to the South Asian nation to about 18.3 million, greater than every other nation, a White House official stated.

The newest shipments of the vaccine heaps made by Pfizer (PFE.N) and Germany’s BioNTech (22UAy.DE), are as a result of arrive on Saturday by way of the COVAX distribution program, stated the official, who requested to stay unidentified.

Pakistan has administered at the least 93.6 million doses to this point, in accordance with knowledge compiled by Reuters. Assuming each individual wants two doses, that may suffice to have vaccinated about 21.6% of the nation’s inhabitants.

Previous U.S. shipments of Moderna (MRNA.O) and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have gone to Pakistan each month since June.

The cargo is a part of an ongoing U.S. vaccine diplomacy effort that has despatched vaccines to dozens of nations.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration