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The World Bank stands committed to the people of South Asia as the region reels back from COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, our support to South Asia has reached $20 billion, of which $10.8 billion directly supported our COVID-19 emergency response. In the early stages, we ensured the poorest and most vulnerable were protected from the worst impacts of the pandemic. Going forward our priority is to pave the way for a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery.

The World Bank has made over $1 billion available to five South Asian countries for vaccine purchase and deployment. We also procured and delivered oxygen concentrators, therapy units, and oxygen generation plants to help ease the burden of devastating new waves of COVID-19 that hit the region this year. And around 807 million vulnerable people directly benefited from $2.73 billion of funding that supported cash transfers across South Asia.

WORLD BANK SUPPORT TO VACCINES

The World Bank has made available more than $1 billion to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to support vaccine purchase and deployment. 1.6 million vaccine doses have already been delivered, and 44 million more will be delivered by March 2022.

This funding is helping governments purchase and deploy safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen national programs to ensure quick, broad, and fair access to health services and vaccinations. In addition to financing, the Bank is providing technical assistance and knowledge-sharing workshops for countries in South Asia on different aspects of designing and deploying fair and equitable vaccine strategies.

Learn more about our support to vaccines in South Asia: 

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Last Updated: Oct 06, 2021