Kabul: At least 400,000 doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will be provided to Afghanistan soon, said Wang Yu, China’s ambassador to Kabul, at the signing ceremony of China’s emergency humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
Clarifying, Dastgir Nazari, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Health, added that these doses are not part of any new commitment and are rather the ones which had been promised to Afghanistan earlier.
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Speaking to local media, Nazari said that 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine, which had previously been provided to Afghanistan by China, would be delivered to Afghanistan in the near future.
Afghanistan has already received over 900,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine via two shipments from India and COVAX, the coordinating body for global efforts to provide countries with access to the Covid vaccine.
According to official figures from the Ministry of Public Health, 59,015 people have been infected with the COVID-19 infection in Afghanistan so far, of which 52,489 have recovered and 2,592 have died
Meanwhile, Ghulam Bahauddin Jilani, Minister of State for Disaster Management, said at the signing ceremony of the China Emergency Humanitarian Aid Document to Afghanistan that China has provided 5,266 metric meters emergency food aid to Afghanistan in the past three months.
Jilani said the food aid included 1,284 tons of wheat and 3,982 tons of Chinese rice, valued at 50m Chinese yen, equivalent to 550m afghanis.
With the signing of the Chinese Emergency Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan, this aid has been officially handed over to the state Ministry of Disaster Management.
Ghulam Bahauddin Jilani said that the aid received from China has started due to the vulnerability of the provinces in terms of natural disasters, quotas and transportation, and its distribution process in a fair and transparent manner for the deserving families.