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US starts shipping vaccines for children to Nepal, Mongolia

Students rest after being inoculated with Moderna Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a school in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on January 10, 2022. AFP

WASHINGTON—The United States on Wednesday announced it was starting to donate vaccines for children abroad with initial shipments to Nepal and Mongolia.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that 2.2 million doses for children aged five to 12 would head to Nepal and another 300,000 to Mongolia in a partnership with the UN-backed Covax program.

“We’ve got many more ready to go for countries that want them,” Blinken told a meeting on the pandemic response.

The United States, after initially prioritizing Covid vaccines at home, has been the leader in donations overseas, with Blinken saying this week that 550 million doses have been shipped, about half of what it has promised to give by the end of the year.

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