- 10,000 doses of CanSino vaccine gathering mud in Karachi.
- The one-dose Convidecia vaccine was imported by personal firm AJM Restricted in Pakistan.
- Nationwide Well being Providers official blames DRAP for delay in launch of coronavirus vaccine consignment.
KARACHI: As many as 10,000 doses of the CanSinoBio coronavirus vaccine developed by China are mendacity ineffective at a warehouse in Karachi for the final 10 days because the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan awaits approval to launch the vaccines.
The one-dose Convidecia vaccine was imported by personal firm AJM Restricted in Pakistan.
“This shipment was to be supplied to three hospitals in the country, but it has not yet been released by the DRAP due to red-tapism,” an official of the Nationwide Well being Providers, Rules and Coordination was quoted as saying by The Information.
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Pakistan had granted emergency use authorisation to China’s CanSino Biologics Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine in February, 2021 following its profitable trials at numerous well being amenities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
The federal authorities additionally bought 60,000 doses of the Chinese language vaccine final month, that are presently getting used to inoculate the aged and disabled.
To this point, Pakistan has vaccinated 1.4 million of its inhabitants – largely with China’s Sinopharm vaccine – whereas 20,000 individuals have to date been inoculated with privately imported Sputnik V vaccine, officers mentioned.
They added that not less than 30,000 individuals have additionally been given CanSino’s Convidecia vaccine on the authorities’s grownup vaccination centres.
Nationwide well being providers blames DRAP
The Nationwide Well being Providers official blamed DRAP for the delay in launch of the coronavirus vaccine consignment and mentioned it did the identical when 50,000 doses of Russian vaccine Sputnik V arrived within the nation and remained in chilly storage for over a month as a consequence of controversy over its pricing.
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“As it (COVID-19 vaccine) is a biological product, it needs testing and approval by the technical director of the DRAP. There are some other documentary requirements, which must be met for the release of biological products but COVID-19 is an emergency and vaccine should not be kept even for an hour as it can result in loss of precious lives,” the official mentioned.
‘Holding 10,000 coronavirus vaccine doses is unlucky’
An official of the AJM Pharma Non-public Restricted confirmed that the primary cargo of 10,000 doses of China’s Convidecia vaccine had arrived at Karachi airport within the first week of April, 2021 however since then, it had not been launched to them for its provide to hospitals in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
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“CanSino Biologics Inc’s single dose is the most suitable vaccine for Pakistan as its trials were held in three major cities of Pakistan where over 15,000 people were recruited for these trials. At a time when Pakistan desperately need this vaccine, holding 10,000 doses of this precious shipment is unfortunate,” the AJM official mentioned.
The vaccines had been to be provided to Aga Khan College Hospital, Karachi, Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore and Shifa Worldwide Hospital, Islamabad.