Staff reporter 

The U.S. government has delivered 33,600 doses of the Pfizer pediatric Covid-19 vaccine to Bhutan, in partnership with COVAX and the Bhutan Foundation. The doses that were delivered yesterday.

USAID’s Mission Director to India and Bhutan, Veena Reddy said, “The United States is committed to a global Covid-19 response because it makes us all stronger and safer—Americans and Bhutanese alike. USAID is proud to work with the Royal Government of Bhutan and our partner, the Bhutan Foundation, to deliver the pediatric vaccine doses today and values our ongoing partnership to defeat and recover from Covid-19.”

This consignment of vaccines builds on the 595,940 doses of Covid-19 vaccines the United States has given to Bhutan last year.

A press release from the US embassy in Delhi, India stated that since the outset of the pandemic, the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has partnered with Bhutan to build the nation’s resilience, strengthen its healthcare capacity, train healthcare workers, and promote pandemic prevention, readiness, and response, while also supporting microenterprises and entrepreneurs to overcome the economic impacts of the pandemic.

USAID’s Covid-19-related risk communication messaging has reached approximately 90 percent of Bhutan’s population, contributing to Bhutan maintaining one of the highest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the world, the press release stated.