- Dr Faisal Sultan says Pakistan has procured the vaccine from Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and Sinovac.
- We might be repeatedly procuring from all obtainable sources internationally, he says.
- COVID circumstances have been rising steadily within the nation of 220 million which recorded 201 deaths on Tuesday.
ISLAMABAD: Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan mentioned Thursday Pakistan has bought 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from three Chinese language corporations.
The vaccines have been procured from Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and Sinovac, Faisal Sultan informed Reuters.
They are going to complement round 2.4 million pictures from the COVAX programme for poorer nations which might be anticipated to reach throughout that interval.
“We will be continuously procuring from all available sources across the world,” Sultan mentioned. “For now, China remains the primary source for vaccines to meet our present and ongoing needs but all our options are open for effective and safe vaccines.”
Sultan mentioned round 2.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a part of the primary tranche of 14 mln doses underneath the COVAX programme run by the World Well being Organisation and GAVI, would even be arriving and it could possible come from South Korea.
Solely barely greater than 2 million individuals have been vaccinated up to now within the nation of 220 million individuals, the bottom fee in South Asia.
The COVAX programme has dedicated 45 million doses to the nation as much as the top of 2021, and deliveries had been meant to start out in March. Nevertheless, India, making the AstraZeneca vaccination, halted provides as a result of its personal worsening COVID-19 state of affairs.
“The delay in COVAX meant that our expected volume of vaccination could not materialise in February and March,” Sultan mentioned. “But …the drive is picking up speed.”
Pakistan – scrambling to safe any provides – began a vaccination drive in February with 1.2 million doses donated by China, and was in a position to procure over 4 million doses from China in April.
It plans to start out giving pictures to individuals aged 40 and over from the primary week of Might.
Though Pakistan shouldn’t be seeing the disaster suffered by neighbouring India, circumstances have been steadily growing and the dying toll of 201 recorded on Tuesday was the best each day toll for the reason that pandemic started.
Pakistan has recorded 17,680 COVID-19 deaths and a complete of 815,711 circumstances.
With Eid ul Fitr approaching, when lots of of hundreds of individuals would usually attend non secular gatherings, the nation plans to shut non-essential enterprise, vacationer spots, parks, leisure venues and public transport for 2 weeks beginning Might 6.