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China to direct corporations to hurry up export of coronavirus vaccines to Pakistan

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  • Spokesperson confirms that Chinese language State Councilor Wang Yi has assured FM Qureshi of determination.
  • Overseas Ministry Spokesperson says China and Pakistan have been working collectively for the reason that outbreak of pandemic.
  • Shah Mahmmod Qureshi had mentioned that Pakistan is anticipated to obtain first cargo of COVID-19 vaccine from China by Jan 31

BEIJING: China has mentioned that it’ll present a “batch of vaccines” to Pakistan as “aid” and warranted that it’ll direct Chinese language corporations to “speed up the export of vaccines to Pakistan”.

“In order to support our brothers and sisters in Pakistan, the Chinese government has decided to provide a batch of vaccines as aid and will actively coordinate with the relevant Chinese enterprise to speed up export of vaccines to Pakistan,” mentioned Chinese language Overseas Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying throughout a briefing on Friday.

The spokesperson shared that the Chinese language State Councilor Wang Yi had knowledgeable Pakistan’s Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the choice made by the Chinese language authorities.

Learn extra: Pakistan to get Chinese language COVID-19 vaccine by early February, says Dr Faisal Sultan

Hua mentioned Islamabad and Beijing are “all-weather strategic cooperative partner”. She added that each nations additionally had a “fine tradition of mutual support and assistance”.

“One can always count on a ready helping hand from the other in times of need,” mentioned the Chinese language official. She added that China and Pakistan have been working collectively to beat difficulties for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic.

The spokesperson additionally reminded the reporters that this yr each the nations shall be observing the seventieth anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties.

Learn extra: China assures Pakistan to offer over 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

“As the two foreign ministers said in the phone call, our time-tested rock solid friendship has become the most valuable strategic asset to both sides. No matter how the international landscape evolves, China-Pakistan friendly cooperation will continue moving forward,” mentioned Hua.

Pakistan to get first cargo of Chinese language vaccine by Jan 31

On Thursday, the international minister had mentioned that Pakistan is anticipated to obtain the primary cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine from China by January 31, 2021.

“Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi instructed a media briefing within the federal capital, praising the Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for doing a “great job during the pandemic”.

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“I had a lengthy discussion and spoke of Pakistan’s requirements. Then, Prime Minister Imran Khan advised me to engage in further interaction with them [China] keeping in mind the sensitive situation, time, and Pakistan’s requirements.

“I am glad to inform you that I had a telephonic dialog with Chinese language international minister. I want to give this completely happy information to the nation that China has promised that, God-willing, it is going to ship Pakistan 500,000 doses of the [coronavirus] vaccine by January 31,” he said, adding that it was an act of “good religion” and that Beijing planned to send more by February 2021.

Pakistan needs ‘additional 1.1m doses’

The foreign minister lauded the COVID-19 patients for their courage in the fight against the deadly virus. “Pakistan efficiently fought the coronavirus [pandemic],” he added.

China, Qureshi added, directed Pakistan to “ship them our airplane and airlift the vaccine; that is excellent news, a constructive improvement”. 

He said he expressed gratitude to Beijing and “knowledgeable them that our necessities are greater than that [500,000 doses]; we’d like a further 1.1 million doses”.

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