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VOA/AFP | France, Britain to Call for Kabul 'Safe Zone,' Macron Says
Above all, such a safe zone would allow the international community "to maintain pressure on the Taliban," who are now in power in Afghanistan, the French leader added.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- France, Britain, the U.S., Russia and China -- will meet on Monday to discuss the Afghanistan situation.  

Paris and London will take the opportunity to present a draft resolution that "aims to define, under U.N. control, a 'safe zone' in Kabul, that will allow humanitarian operations to continue," Macron said.
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Speaking to reporters in Iraq, where he was attending a meeting of key regional leaders, Macron added that with help from Qatar, which maintains good relations with the Taliban, there was a possibility of further airlift operations.

He added that France had evacuated 2,834 people from Afghanistan since August 17.


COVID vaccination site opens at Dulles for arriving Afghans
A second mass vaccination site is expected open in the coming days for evacuees who will be arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport, according to a senior administration official who was not authorized to comment and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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intent on making sure that evacuees are vaccinated as soon as possible after arriving in the country and decided that the most efficient way to do so was to set up a [J&J/Janssen] vaccination site at Dulles Expo Center, where many of the arriving evacuees are receiving medical screenings and being temporarily housed before being transferred to military bases in New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Texass.
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As of Aug. 20, about 1.2 million doses [WHICH VACCINE?] had been administered in Afghanistan, according to the World Health Organization.
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by Cat on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 05:13:58 PM EST
Afghanistan receives second shipment of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility | WHO |

Kabul, Afghanistan, 9 July 2021 - Today, Afghanistan received 1.48 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the COVAX Facility. 

This delivery is the first of 2 shipments of a total of 3 312 100 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocated to Afghanistan through the COVAX Facility, with the remaining doses set to arrive later this month. 
The shipment of vaccine received today comes in addition to the first batch of 468 000 doses of the COVISHIELD (AstraZeneca) vaccine, delivered in March 2021 through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and WHO.

"This shipment comes at a critical time when the country is experiencing a third wave and a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases. The doses received will be vital in boosting and scaling up Afghanistan's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme led by the Ministry of Public Health," said Dr Irfan Akbar Elahi, Officer In Charge, WHO Afghanistan.

Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines remains a prime focus for WHO. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a single dose vaccine, has been approved for emergency use listing by WHO and has already been rolled out in various countries. "We urge everyone to vaccinate to keep themselves and their communities safe. Vaccines are a key tool for stopping the spread of COVID-19," said Dr Elahi.  

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Apart from vaccines delivered through the COVAX Facility, Afghanistan has also received 500 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by India and 700 000 doses of Sinopharm donated by China.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 06:07:39 PM EST
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