US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine

US to give Afghanistan 3M doses of J&J vaccine

The U.S. plans to give Afghanistan three million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the country is facing a surge of coronavirus cases, a senior administration official said.

The official said the doses could be sent as early as next week along with other supplies such as oxygen.

"As we continue to undertake our security transition, Afghanistan has experienced a significant COVID outbreak of the Delta variant, and we will be providing 3 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the people of Afghanistan to be shipped as soon as next week, pending logistics," deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreLabor, environment groups push Congress for 'bold' manufacturing investments Russian hacking group believed to be behind Kaseya cyber attack goes offline Harris to meet with Texas Democrats MORE told reporters. "We are also providing oxygen and other supplies."

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Afghanistan is short on oxygen and vaccines it needs to combat the surge of coronavirus cases happening in the country. The gravity of the surge is unclear as testing has been limited in the country.

Official statistics showed 85 people died daily from the virus this past week, but the actual tally could be much higher, according to the Journal.

Health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir said last week the country was looking to install more oxygen plants as citizens are begging for more oxygen for loved ones who are infected.

Along with limited oxygen, the country has vaccinated only 1 percent of its population with the country only having a few doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine from India. 

The increased case rate caused the U.S. embassy in the country to be put under lockdown with one person dying from the virus and several having to be medevaced out of the facility. 

The offer of the vaccine from the White House comes before a meeting between President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday, with the country’s chief peace negotiator joining the leaders.

Updated: 10:18 p.m.