US ships 6.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccines to Pakistan

Doses to reach in time to help Pakistani authorities in mitigating the fourth Covid-19 wave, says US embassy

The USA on Friday shipped 6.6 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to Pakistan by COVAX to help the nation in vaccinating its inhabitants in opposition to the coronavirus.

Pakistan is presently reeling from a lethal fourth wave of the pandemic, logging 3,787 contemporary circumstances and 57 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

The nation’s total caseload and loss of life toll stand at 1,171,578 and 26,035, respectively.

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Pakistan has been recording each day circumstances between 3,000 and 4,000 for the previous a number of weeks, placing strain on the already over-burdened hospitals, particularly within the massive cities.

In an effort to ease the rising strain on the well being care system and curb the unfold of the virus, the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) at the moment determined to implement further non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in chosen districts from September 4 to 12.

The measures embody the closure of the academic intuitions, restrictions on intercity transport in districts/cities the place the illness is extra prevalent and a ban on all indoor and out of doors occasions.

Nonetheless, out of doors wedding ceremony occasions are to be allowed with a most of 300 visitors whereas a ban on indoor gyms would even be carried out.

“The 6.6 million doses will arrive in time to help the Pakistani authorities to inoculate younger and at-risk Pakistanis and mitigate the fourth Covid-19 wave,” the US embassy in Islamabad wrote on its official Twitter deal with.

It mentioned that the donation brings the full variety of Covid-19 vaccines donated by the US to the Pakistani folks to fifteen.8 million. “The USA is the one largest contributor supporting COVAX efforts towards international Covid-19 vaccine entry.”

Final month, the US had supplied about 3.7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan.

“There’s an urgency, now greater than ever, to place an finish to this devastating pandemic, and Pakistan and the USA are persevering with to work collectively to realize that objective,” US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P Aggeler mentioned.

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“The USA is proud to associate with the Pakistani folks to defeat Covid-19. Collectively, we are going to proceed to construct a world that’s safer and safer in opposition to the specter of infectious illness.”

Pakistan additionally acquired the primary consignment of 1 million doses of Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, the well being ministry mentioned.

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