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Pakistan to obtain vaccine doses through COVAX programme this week: sources

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Individuals stand behind a container holding doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine in opposition to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) that arrived underneath the COVAX scheme, in Alajuela, on the outskirts of San Jose, Costa Rica April 7, 2021. — Reuters/File.
  • Pakistan expects to obtain vaccine doses underneath the COVAX vaccine facility from Might 7, sources mentioned.
  • The primary consignment will deliver 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine to the nation.
  • By means of the COVAX vaccine facility, Pakistan has deliberate to vaccinate 20% of its inhabitants freed from cost, sources mentioned.

Pakistan is predicted to obtain vaccine doses through the COVAX vaccine facility beginning this week, sources mentioned Monday.

In accordance with the sources, the primary consignment will deliver 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine to the nation. The cargo is arriving from South Korea.

The primary batch is predicted to achieve the nation on Friday, Might 7, sources mentioned.

By means of the COVAX vaccine facility, Pakistan has deliberate to vaccinate 20% of its inhabitants freed from cost, sources mentioned.

Final month, International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had introduced that Pakistan will obtain 15 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the COVAX scheme because the nation continues to battle the pandemic’s third wave.

Qureshi took to Twitter to announce the event after his assembly with German International Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin.

“Following my meeting with Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas, I am happy to announce that Pakistan will receive 15 million doses of the #COVID vaccine under COVAX, with a commitment for these to be delivered by May,” FM Qureshi mentioned in a tweet.

The event got here as there have been experiences of a delayed AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine supply to Pakistan, as India had diverted the provides to fulfill its home wants, with the third wave of the virus resulting in a surge in coronavirus circumstances internationally.

The Serum Institute of India (SII) — which is supplying vaccine doses to the COVAX programme — diverted its provides to fulfill India’s wants, officers had advised The Information.

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