U.S-donated COVID vaccines arrive in Afghanistan

A second shipment of vaccines donated by the United States through the COVAX global sharing program will bring the total to 3.3 million doses, UNICEF said.

"I believe that by administration of this vaccine we will be able to save about three million of those Afghans who are vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus," Afghan Acting Minister of Public Health Wahid Majrooh said at the arrival ceremony.

The U.S. vaccine donations come as U.S. military forces withdraw from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war in the country.

The deliveries are part of President Joe Biden's pledge to share 80 million vaccine doses globally, most through COVAX, which is run by the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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