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Pakistan to obtain second batch of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine quickly

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  • Second batch of 500,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine arriving in Pakistan quickly
  • Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says it will likely be used for healthcare staff and senior residents
  • Sinopharm, developed by a state-run pharmaceutical firm in China, has proven to be 79% efficient

Pakistan will probably be receiving a second batch of 500,000 doses of the Chinese language Sinopharm vaccine quickly, officers verify.

Final month, China had donated the primary tranche of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm jab to Pakistan.

On Tuesday, whereas speaking to reporters on the seventieth anniversary of Pakistan-China ties, Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi introduced China will once more be gifting Pakistan a batch of 500,000 doses of the vaccine. “The vaccine will be used for our healthcare workers and our senior citizens,” he added.

Learn extra: Pakistan to obtain greater than 10m free coronavirus vaccines from COVAX

Dong Wenli, press attaché on the Chinese language Embassy in Islamabad, informed Geo.television that each governments are within the strategy of finalising particulars, including that the Chinese language authorities “want to finish it [the preparations] as soon as possible.”

One other Chinese language official within the political part, Bao Zhong, additionally confirmed the information.

Individually, Sajid Shah, a spokesperson for the ministry of nationwide well being, added that they had been conscious of the developments and can make the knowledge public very quickly.

Learn extra: No unwanted effects of COVID-19 vaccine, Pakistani frontline well being staff say

Pakistan launched its coronavirus vaccination drive on February 2, after receiving the primary batch of the Sinopharm vaccine. In its first section, it has been vaccinating frontline healthcare staff. The marketing campaign will quickly be prolonged to incorporate residents over 65 years of age.

Sinopharm, developed by a state-run pharmaceutical firm in China, has proven to be 79% efficient.

In addition to the supply from China, Pakistan can also be on the listing to obtain 17,160,000 doses by the worldwide COVAX platform.

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