ISLAMABAD: The second batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine reached Pakistan on Monday.
Three million doses of the Moderna vaccine have reached Islamabad, health ministry officials confirmed. The country has received the vaccine doses under the COVAX programme.
The first batch of 2.5 million Moderna vaccine doses were delivered by the US earlier this month.
This is the fifth batch of vaccines to be obtained under COVAX.
So far, Pakistan has received four consignments of various coronavirus vaccines under the COVAX programme apart from this recent one. They include shipments of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccine.
COVAX has pledged free COVID-19 vaccines for 20% of Pakistan’s population.
Earlier on July 2 Pakistan had received 2.5 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States at Islamabad International Airport.
These vaccines are being delivered to the Pakistani people in partnership with the COVAX global vaccine initiative, UNICEF, and the Government of Pakistan, a statement issued from the US Embassy in Pakistan read.
The doses will be administered to overseas Pakistanis and people who are suffering from chronic diseases on a priority basis. The US-made Moderna vaccine is also approved by Saudi Arabia, Gulf states, Europe and the United States (US).