Plan To Vaccinate 60% Of Afghan Population Prepared: Ministry of Health

Kabul: The plan to vaccinate over 60 percent of the population in the country has been prepared by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health.

The move comes three months after the first batch of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine arrived in the country, Dastgir Nazari, spokesperson for the ministry, said. Recently, the government had announced vaccination for all above the age of 18 as the country is looking at an impending third wave of the viral infection.

“A total of $113 million has been pledged by the World Bank to implement the coronavirus vaccine; $50 million is being provided by the Asian Development Bank, and 20% of the population is expected to receive the coronavirus vaccine through COVAX and the World Vaccine Program,” Nazari said.

As per Nazari, so far, there are a total of 968,000 doses of vaccine to be adapted to more than 450,000 people in Afghanistan, including 150,000 tons of vaccines that have been delivered to the country’s security sector.

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