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500,000 Pfizer vaccines arrive to Jordan from US

500,000 Pfizer vaccines arrive to Jordan from US

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AMMAN — A US shipment of 500,000 vaccines arrived in Jordan late last night at Queen Alia International Airport.اضافة اعلان

The vaccines are part of a plan announced on June 3, 2021 by the White House to donate vaccines to different countries around the world, and were sent in a direct arrangement with Jordan, rather than through the international Covax program.

The vaccines began to be unloaded from the plane at around 12:40am. Afterwards, a press conference was held with the Jordanian Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari and the US Embassy in Amman’s Charge d’Affairs Michael Hankey. The conference was also attended by partners from the Jordanian Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management.

A statement from the US embassy said that Jordan was prioritized in its vaccine distribution campaign to show the importance of the two countries’ strategic relations.

Hankey stated that “The United States has financially supported Jordan in extending COVID health resources and vaccines to refugees who depend on Jordan’s unfailing generosity.”

The official added that “last week, the Ministry of Health and USAID launched a nationwide vaccine confidence campaign to promote accurate vaccine information and encourage vaccine registration.”

This partnership between the two countries is working to save lives and help Jordan move towards achieving economic recovery, the statement added.

Up until now Jordan has secured 11.5 million doses of different coronavirus vaccines, according to local media outlets.

In a tweet, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Al-Safadi wrote that, “We thank the #US for its donation of half a million doses of Pfizer vaccine. This initiative reflects our deep friendship & partnership. These vaccines will give a major boost to Kingdom’s efforts to fight the spread of covid, open up various sectors & ensure a safe summer.”

The US originally announced the donation on Friday, Jordan News reported.

According to the World Health Organization, there have so far been 9,855 deaths in Jordan from the coronavirus, with the peak in fatalities occurring this March, according to AFP.

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