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COVID-19 vaccine: AstraZeneca seeks registration in Pakistan, say sources

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  • AstraZeneca seeks permission from Pakistani authorities to get its COVID-19 vaccine registered
  • A neighborhood pharmaceutical firm has submitted AstraZeneca’s vaccine information to DRAP
  • Pakistan expects to get 1.2 million doses from China’s Sinopharm subsequent month

British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has sought permission from Pakistani authorities to get its COVID-19 vaccine registered within the nation, sources mentioned Thursday.

A neighborhood pharmaceutical firm has submitted AstraZeneca’s vaccine information to the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

The AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, which was granted its first approval by Britain late December, is cheaper and simpler to make use of than some rival pictures, thus offering main benefits in tackling a pandemic that has claimed greater than 1.8 million lives worldwide.

Learn extra: India approves AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

Nevertheless, it has been plagued with uncertainty about its only dosage ever since information revealed in November confirmed a half-dose adopted by a full dose had a 90% success price whereas two full pictures have been 62% efficient.

Two days again, Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Nationwide Well being Providers, Rules and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan had mentioned Pakistan was hopeful it might obtain the primary batch of the COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinopharm in “early February”.

Pakistan said last month it would purchase 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Sinopharm in the first official confirmation of a vaccine purchase as the country battles the second wave of infections.

Read more: Pakistan to get Chinese COVID-19 vaccine by early February

“We hope to be able to get vaccine doses from Sinopharm in the first quarter of this year, hopefully starting in early February,” Dr Sultan mentioned in an interview with Arab Information, including that the federal government goals to start the method of vaccination inside the first quarter of this 12 months.

“We are hoping to deploy the vaccine within the first quarter. The 1.1 million doses are just the first phase,” he mentioned.

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