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‘Excellent news’: Asad Umar says Pakistan can count on 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine this 12 months

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Minister for Planning, Growth and Particular Initiatives Asad Umar. — Reuters/File

The chief of the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Asad Umar, on Saturday broke the excellent news that COVAX has indicated a provide of as much as 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine within the first half of 2021 for Pakistan.

“Good news on COVID vaccine front. Received a letter from COVAX of [an] indicative supply of up to 17 million doses of AstraZeneca in 1st half 2021,” Umar wrote on Twitter.

In response to the planning minister, six million of the full 17 million doses might be acquired by March with supply beginning in February. He didn’t specify any dates.

“We signed with COVAX nearly 8 months back to ensure availability,” he added.

Of the 190 collaborating economies, Pakistan is among the many 92 that qualify for the World Well being Group’s (WHO) COVAX initiative that ensures “rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, regardless of income level”.

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