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US Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Angela Aggeler visits Karachi (Video and Text)

KARACHI: US Chargé d’affaires a.i. Angela P. Aggeler visited the Port City from 29th Sept to 1st of Oct in order to strengthen Pak-US bilateral ties and promote the shared anti-COVID efforts, including the recent US donations of 16m Pfizer vaccine doses to the people of Pakistan, and the planned donation of 10m more Pfizer doses in the coming days.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah welcomed the US Chargé d’affaires a.i. Angela P. Aggeler back to Karachi for her second visit. Aggeler discussed opportunities to improve economic opportunities for the people of Sindh with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and discussed plans for infrastructure development in Karachi.

During her meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, highlighted the US partnership with Sindh provincial authorities to fight COVID-19 and US support for education in Sindh, including the USAID-funded Sindh Basic Education Program. CDA discussed with both officials Pak-US efforts to promote regional security.

CDA Aggeler later exchanged views on Pakistan’s economic outlook during a meeting with State Bank of Pakistan Governor Reza Baqir. Chargé Aggeler also met  the representatives of US energy company accelerate to discuss its floating storage regasification unit, the Exquisite, docked at Port Qasim, and the company’s contributions to Pakistan’s energy sector.

One of the highlights of Chargé Aggeler’s visit was the launch of U.S. Consulate Karachi’s “Fizaaon Se Falaah Tak” campaign to encourage Pakistani citizens to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Chargé Aggeler launched the campaign in partnership with Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Pechuho, actor Mahira Khan, and singer Shehzad Roy at Karachi’s Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center.

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PS: The United States has donated almost 15.8 million life-saving COVID-19 vaccine doses to Pakistan since July, and recently announced a donation of an additional 9.6 million Pfizer doses to be delivered in October. These Pfizer vaccines are part of the 500 million Pfizer doses the United States purchased this summer to deliver to 92 countries worldwide, including Pakistan, to fulfill President Biden’s commitment to provide safe and effective vaccines around the world and supercharge the global fight against the pandemic.

At the virtual Global COVID-19 Summit held on the margins of the UN General Assembly in September, President Biden announced that the United States will provide an additional 500 million Pfizer vaccines to low and lower-middle income countries around the globe, with shipments starting in January 2022. This will bring the total number of vaccines donated by the United States around the globe to more than 1.1 billion, providing more free doses worldwide than every other country in the world combined.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.