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Pakistan to get COVID-19 vaccine by finish of this month: parliamentary secretary

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  • Parliamentary Secretary Dr Nausheen Hamid says COVID-19 vaccine’s first cargo to achieve by the top of this month
  • Says authorities getting ready database to inoculate well being employees
  • Doesn’t specify which vaccine Pakistan will get

Pakistan is anticipated to get the primary COVID-19 vaccine cargo by the top of this month, Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Nationwide Well being Providers Dr Nausheen Hamid mentioned.

Based on Radio Pakistan, Dr Hamid mentioned that the federal government was “urgently” drafting a database of all private and non-private medical employees to get them inoculated within the first part.

Nevertheless, the publication didn’t specify which vaccine and from which nation Pakistan would procure it.

Learn extra: How a lot would Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford vaccines price in Pakistan?

China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Per week earlier, science minister Fawad Chaudhry mentioned Pakistan would buy 1.2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from China’s Sinopharm.

“The Cabinet Committee has decided to initially purchase 1.2 million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm, which will be provided free of cost to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021,” the science minister mentioned on Twitter.

Final month, China had accredited the COVID-19 vaccine developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical large Sinopharm, its first accredited shot for common public use.

Sindh well being minister foresees delay

In the meantime, on January 5, Sindh Well being Minister Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho mentioned that the Centre had hinted that the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine might be delayed.

“The PTI-led federal government has reported that it will take time for the coronavirus vaccine to arrive,” Dr Pechuho mentioned, including that it was earlier introduced that the drug could be out there after January 15.

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

The Sindh minister defined that the provincial authorities would formulate a complete coverage on the coronavirus vaccines, including that preparations in that regard had been accomplished as effectively.

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