1.5m doses of Moderna jabs being sent to Pakistan: US

Published June 29, 2021
Vials with a sticker reading, "Covid-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo. — Reuters/File
Vials with a sticker reading, "Covid-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo. — Reuters/File

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is set to receive a shipment of the Moderna vaccine from the United States, it was announced here on Monday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was shipping two million doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine to Peru. Besides, he said, 1.5m doses of the Moderna vaccine were being transported to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Turkey has halted flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka due to new variants of the coronavirus, the Turkish interior ministry said.

Those who arrive from other places but have been in the countries listed within the last 14 days will need to show a negative PCR test within a maximum of 72 hours before entry and they will need to quarantine for 14 days, it said.

Those arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan or who have been there in the last 14 days will need to quarantine in Turkey for 10 days upon arrival, it said.

Those coming from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will need to show a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival, the ministry added.

Published in Dawn, June 29th, 2021

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