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Pakistan to vaccinate 70mn folks by finish of 2021: SAPM Dr Faisal Sultan

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Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan.

ISLAMABAD: SAPM on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan Monday introduced on Monday that the federal government has deliberate to vaccinate 70 million folks by the tip of 2021 and efforts are underway to accumulate coronavirus vaccines in order that it’s in a position to take action.

In a media briefing, Dr Faisal Sultan stated because of the settlement on the switch of expertise, the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH) will be capable to produce three million doses per thirty days which is able to considerably cut back the nation’s dependence on different international locations.

He stated China was a robust accomplice and had gone out of its method in maintaining a provide chain and transferring expertise to Pakistan.

The SAPM stated the federal government had deliberate to vaccinate 70 million folks by the tip of this yr.

“The population of Pakistan which was currently eligible for vaccination was 100 million out of 220 million as the vaccines had only been approved for those above 18.”

He added that for the primary half of the yr, January to June 2021, the federal government had obtained and anticipated to obtain 19.82 million doses. He added 91% of those doses have been bought, which clearly exhibits the nation shouldn’t be depending on donations.

‘300,000 vaccinations daily target’

Dr Faisal stated, “In totality, we have signed deals for over 30 million doses so the fact that we have already secured 30 million doses and will continue to procure more for the rest of the year should be very reassuring.”

He stated Pakistan was now vaccinating practically 150,000 folks day by day whereas the goal was to achieve 300,000. 

“The government has started vaccination for 40 years and above and in this regard, the registration was opened last week.”

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Dr Faisal stated, “Our procurement is a result of proactive efforts. The government initiated the conversation with vaccine manufacturers and GAVI in July 2020 which is well before any vaccine had been fully developed and approved.”

Quick provide

Whereas explaining the federal government’s efforts to accumulate vaccines, he stated the Financial Coordination Committee permitted $150 million {dollars} for vaccine procurement on November 20, 2020, whereas the Cupboard confirmed this on December 1, 2020.

He stated it was necessary to notice that vaccines didn’t get permitted to be used till mid or late December as Pfizer permitted on December 11, 2020, AstraZeneca permitted on December 30, 2020, whereas Sinopharm was additionally in late-stage Section III trials in December.

He stated that producers like Astra Zeneca and Moderna have been unable to satisfy demand whereas a number of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturing international locations have imposed embargos on exporting vaccines till their native demand is met.

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The prime minister’s aide stated the federal government is happy with its accomplishments particularly contemplating the intense world provide concern when a number of the richest international locations like Australia and Canada needed to decelerate or halt their vaccine roll-out.

Dr Sultan stated it’s faulty to match Pakistan with international locations just like the US and India who’re self-sufficient in vaccine manufacturing already.

“We are certainly moving in that direction now but so far Pakistan did not have the capacity for vaccine production.”

Pakistan’s vaccination plan

He made it clear that Pakistan’s vaccine roll-out started very quickly after India’s as the primary vaccine dose was administered in India on the sixteenth of January whereas the primary vaccine dose was administered in Pakistan on the 2nd of February.

He stated that some have drawn comparisons to international locations within the area with smaller economies like Bhutan which has vaccinated over 60% of its inhabitants. He added Bhutan has a inhabitants of just about 750,000 which suggests they’ve vaccinated round 500,000 folks.

Dr Sultan stated,” Pakistan has a inhabitants of 220 million and we have now vaccinated over 2.5 million folks. So Pakistan has vaccinated 5 instances as many individuals as Bhutan really and, in actual fact, 3 times the entire inhabitants of Bhutan.”

The premier’s aide stated the federal government will proceed to take extra precautions of limiting public area and imposing SOPs to decelerate the unfold of illness.

He expressed the hope that the media will proceed to help the federal government wholeheartedly within the combat in opposition to COVID-19.

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