According to a statement from the US Embassy, this donation is part of the 80 million doses the US is sharing with the globe as part of its commitment to ensuring equitable worldwide access to safe and effective vaccines, which are critical for containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The US Mission in Pakistan is glad to share these safe and efficient immunizations with the Pakistani people,” US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P Aggeler stated.
“These vaccines will save lives and assist Pakistan in overcoming the disaster that has ravaged so many families and communities in both of our countries. A vaccinated public will also contribute to the restoration of economic and social interactions that we all value. We applaud the Pakistani government’s and our international partners’ continued collaboration to make this delivery and these aspirations a reality.”
1/3 Today, 2.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States arrived at Islamabad International Airport. The vaccines will be delivered to the Pakistani people in partnership w/ COVAX, @UNICEF & the @GovtofPakistan. https://t.co/7E16mk2gi2 pic.twitter.com/ZScjfzlbPt
— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) July 2, 2021
Along with today’s vaccine donation, the statement noted that the US has provided almost $50 million in COVID-19 support to Pakistan through its collaboration with the government.
This is the county’s first shipment of the two-dose Moderna vaccine. It is Pakistan’s third non-Chinese vaccination.
Previously, the country was inoculating with AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines manufactured in the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Cansino vaccines manufactured in China.
The vaccination will also be used for anyone planning to travel abroad, as many nations do not approve of Chinese immunizations.