Officials say China has pledged 400,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, a boost to Afghanistan’s vaccination campaign.
China has pledged to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, Afghan officials said, with the aim of boosting the country’s vaccination campaign, which began last week.
“The Chinese ambassador to Kabul said in a meeting with health officials that his country would provide Afghanistan with 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine,” Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the program for the COVID-19 vaccine, said Monday. vaccination at the Ministry of Health, the Reuters news agency.
China’s Sinopharm vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization, but it is not known when it will be delivered, Nazari said.
So far, just over 12,000 health workers have received the vaccine in Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, he said.
Vaccination of members of the security forces has also started, according to another official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Afghan government forces have faced escalating attacks blamed on the Taliban armed group since September, when the two sides began US-brokered peace talks hosted by Qatar.
The Taliban have largely denied responsibility for the wave of violence. The group also said it supported the vaccination campaign.
Afghanistan has already received 500,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India, which enabled it to launch its vaccination campaign last Tuesday.
Afghan health officials said the international COVAX program, which aims to improve access to COVID vaccines for developing countries, will provide vaccines to cover 20% of the country’s population, which is 38 million. inhabitants.
Afghanistan has recorded 55,733 infections and 2,444 deaths from COVID. But experts say cases are drastically underreported due to the low number of tests and limited access to medical facilities in the war-torn country.