Kabul: The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday said that it does not have the financial resources to deliver the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to 10 percent of the country’s citizens even as distribution of the vaccine continues in 34 provinces of the country.
Mirwais Alizai, the ministry’s deputy spokesperson, said that 16 million doses of the vaccine for 20 percent of Afghan citizens would soon reach Afghanistan through the COVAX joint program, however, he said that the ministry was currently facing a budget shortfall to deliver the vaccine to 10 percent of Afghan citizens.
“For 60 percent of the population, we needed $225 million for the vaccine, most of which was funded by the government, but due to some loopholes, we are facing a lack of funding to deliver the vaccine to 10 percent of the population,” he added. “The government is working to ensure that we can deliver the vaccine to all our citizens on schedule by 2022.”
Alizai added that the ministry, based on China’s commitment, has also started the administrative process of transferring vaccine doses from that country to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday reported 303 new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 11 deaths and 108 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases now stand at 64,122, while the number of reported deaths is 2,762 and the total number of recoveries is 55,118.
MoPH added that the new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Faryab, Parwan, Helmand, Bamiyan, Wardak, Badakhshan, Daikundi, Ghazni, Kunar, Laghman, Panjshir, Zabul, Uruzgan, Khost and Farah provinces.