The U.S. sent 1.4 million doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Afghanistan even as the Taliban continues to take over rural parts of the country with a final U.S. troop withdrawal set to be completed within weeks.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted out images of the arriving vaccine doses, which will total 3.3 million doses, amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the long-struggling country.
He termed it part of the '#EnduringPartnership' between the two nations and a demonstration of 'continuing support,' even as the U.S. prepares to pull out remaining troops amid an aversion to what President Biden on Wednesday referred to as 'nation building.'
The first shipment of 1.4 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses arrives at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Friday, July 9, 2021. The delivery comes as the U.S. is withdrawing remaining forces from the country after a two decade war, and the Taliban is claiming significant territorial gainsInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'As part of U.S. commitment to help lead the global fight against COVID-19, we are delivering 3.3 M doses of J&J vaccines to Afghanistan. We are committed to continuing support for Afghanistan, including promoting the security and health of the Afghan people,' Blinken said.
Taliban insurgents claim to have taken over 85 per cent of the country, although Afghan officials said the true amount of territory they control is far lower.
Nevertheless, Taliban forces have seized control of a number of districts amid the U.S. drawdown.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted out images of the arrival of vaccines
President Joe Biden speaks about the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Washington
A smoke plume rises from houses amid ongoing fight between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in the western city of Qala-i-