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Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan receiving the vaccine doses from a Chinese language official at Nur Khan Base, Rawalpindi, on March 17, 2021. — Twitter/nhsrofficial
  • PM’s aide on well being Dr Faisal Sultan and well being ministry officers obtain vaccine doses at Nur Khan Airbase.
  • Vaccine doses to be distributed among the many provinces for inoculation.
  • China has all the time supported Pakistan in occasions of want, says Dr Sultan.

ISLAMABAD: One other batch of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine from Pakistan’s “iron brother” China landed in Nur Khan Airbase on Tuesday, the Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies Laws and Coordination mentioned.

Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan — together with officers from the well being ministry — have been current on the base to obtain the vaccine doses that had arrived by way of an airbus.

Pakistan, on March 10, launched COVID-19 vaccination for most of the people, beginning with older folks, because it grapples with a excessive diploma of vaccination hesitancy amongst its 220 million folks, even amongst well being employees.

Based on a survey launched final week, almost half of healthcare workers had considerations over China’s Sinopharm vaccine, which is the one one accessible in Pakistan for now.

Pakistan has recorded 612,315 coronavirus instances and greater than 13,000 deaths, with 2,351 infections and 61 deaths reported within the final 24 hours.

The well being ministry mentioned the vaccine doses have been a “gift” from China and can be distributed among the many provinces for inoculation.

Thanking China for its beneficiant present, Dr Sultan mentioned Beijing has all the time proven unwavering assist for Islamabad in occasions of want.


— Further enter from Reuters

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