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U.S. Sending 1.5 Million Moderna Vaccine Doses to Sri Lanka


The U.S. is sending more than 1.5 million doses of Moderna Inc.’s coronavirus vaccine to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the latest shipment as President Joe Biden begins sharing the American stockpile of shots.

The doses will arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday and are being sent through Covax, the global vaccine procurement initiative intended to secure inoculations for low- and middle-income nations, according to a White House statement.

Biden’s administration has pledged to ship at least 80 million doses — a mix of Moderna, Pfizer Inc. and Johnson & Johnson vaccines — out of the country this summer. The U.S. has sent them bit by bit as arrangements and transportation logistics fall into place. He had planned to send 80 million by the end of June, but missed that target.

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

The administration has separately ordered 500 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to donate abroad, beginning next month. The president has escalated international assistance on vaccinations as demand within the U.S. fades. (Bloomberg)

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