ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Nationwide Well being Companies on Tuesday mentioned the second batch of Sinopharm’s coronavirus vaccine —  500,000 doses — has arrived in Pakistan from China.

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

Pakistan began its COVID-19 vaccination drive in February after the primary arrival of China-gifted vaccine doses, with the frontline well being employees given the precedence for inoculation, whereas on March 10, the nation began vaccination for most people, beginning with older individuals.

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 “reward” from China and can be distributed among the many provinces for inoculation.

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

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