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US donates batch of nine million COVID vaccines to Pakistan

The United States, the single-largest donor of Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccinations, gave Pakistan another batch of nine million pediatric and adult doses in collaboration with Covax.

On Saturday, in a press release, The US Embassy expressed gratitude for the strong bilateral health cooperation that the two nations have shared during the past 75 years of bilateral relations.

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The press release mentioned US Ambassador in Pakistan Donald Blome saying, “The vaccines, supplies, and training we have provided to Pakistan, coupled with the expertise and dedication of Pakistan’s healthcare professionals, will allow our two countries to continue working together to combat Covid-19 and safeguard the health and safety of the Pakistani people.”

Financing of an extra $20 million had also been planned to aid with Pakistan’s ongoing vaccination initiatives.

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The US recently gave four mobile testing facilities worth $4.6 million to the National Institute of Health (NIH) through USAID, according to a separate statement.

These labs will improve Pakistan’s capacity to identify communicable diseases, particularly in isolated and underserved regions, it was said.

The US Embassy also recalled that the close collaboration between the nations and its medical staff, nurses, and logisticians had led to real, life-saving outcomes.

More than 1.2 million N95 masks, 96,000 surgical masks, 52,000 protective goggles, 1 million Covid quick diagnostic tests, 1,200 pulse oximeters, and 200 ventilators were previously given to Pakistan by the US for 64 hospitals throughout the nation.

Additionally, the US government has built a national network of disease surveillance, and response unit teams and trained over 50,000 healthcare professionals nationwide, including 30,000 women.



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