500,000 doses of China-gifted Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine reach Pakistan

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Fist tranche of Chinese vaccine being offloaded at Nur Khan Base. 

BEIJING: Pakistan on Monday obtained 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine gifted by China, SAPM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated on Monday.

A particular Pakistan Air Force (PAF) airplane with the primary tranche of coronavirus vaccine landed in Islamabad earlier right this moment.

Taking to Twitter, SAPM Dr Faisal Sultan thanked China and everybody who made this occur and stated the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) and provinces performed an instrumental function in tackling COVID.

“I salute our frontline healthcare workers for their efforts & they’ll be first to get vaccinated,” he tweeted.

In a separate assertion, FM Qureshi stated China has gifted 0.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan including that the nation required 1.1 million extra doses by the top of February.

The FM stated that the well being ministry ought to devise a simple and clear mechanism for the registration and administration of the vaccine.

As per particulars from the NCOC, all mandatory measures have been put in place for vaccine storage in Islamabad and the distribution of vaccines to varied federating models notably to Sindh and Balochistan via the air.

A vaccine nerve centre has been established on the NCOC with provincial and district Level vaccine administration.

Pakistan has additionally been pledged 17 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine below a world scheme to ship coronavirus remedies to growing nations.

About 6 million doses will arrive by the top of March below the COVAX scheme, with the rest due by mid-year, Dr Faisal Sultan introduced final week.

The nation reported 1,615 new infections and 26 deaths within the newest 24-hours, taking the full variety of instances to 546,428, with 11,683 deaths.