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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 whole quantity of doses despatched to the South Asian nation to about 18.3 million, greater than every other nation, a White House official mentioned.

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

Pakistan has administered no less than 93.6 million doses to date, in accordance to knowledge compiled by Reuters. Assuming each individual wants two doses, that will 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 component of an ongoing U.S. vaccine diplomacy effort that has despatched vaccines to dozens of international locations.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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