| 22 October 2021, Friday |

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

According to a White House official, the US government will supply 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan on Thursday, bringing the total number of doses supplied to the South Asian country to around 18.3 million, the most of any country.

The next shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine batches are expected to arrive on Saturday via the COVAX distribution program, according to the official, who requested anonymity.

According to data obtained by Reuters, Pakistan has administered at least 93.6 million doses thus far. If each person requires two doses, that would be enough to vaccinate 21.6 percent of the country’s population.

Previous U.S. shipments of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have gone to Pakistan every month since June.

The shipment is part of an ongoing U.S. vaccine diplomacy effort that has sent vaccines to dozens of countries.