ISLAMABAD: The primary cargo of the British made coronavirus vaccine AstraZeneca has arrived in Pakistan, Geo Information reported on Saturday.
The consignment consists of 1,248,400 doses of the vaccine.
The Ministry of Well being spokesperson stated that the primary batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine has come below the COVAX facility.
Vaccinations in opposition to coronavirus are underway in Pakistan during which residents are being vaccinated with Chinese language Sinopharm, CanSino Bio vaccine in opposition to the virus.
Pakistan was speculated to get the primary tranche of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine by way of COVAX in March, however provide was delayed after the Serum Institute of India (SII) diverted provides to satisfy its home wants, officers stated.
An official of the Nationwide Well being Companies, Laws and Coordination advised The Information Pakistan managed to get the vaccine from South Korea utilizing affect with associate organisations.
Pakistan has acquired 10.19 million doses of various vaccines
As per a Nationwide Command Operation Centre (NCOC) assertion issued at the moment, up to now 10.19 million doses of various vaccines (Sinopharm, Sinovac, and CanSino) have been acquired in Pakistan.
“1.23 million doses of AstraZeneca acquired at the moment in Islamabad (this vaccine is procured by means of the COVAX program),” learn the assertion.
NCOC additionally stated that a million doses of Sinovac are touchdown on Could 13-15, whereas one other 1.5 million doses are anticipated by the tip of Could 2021.
It additionally urged all residents, particularly senior residents of 60 years plus age, to get vaccinate themselves on precedence. The assertion stated that these aged 60 and above are most weak to the illness.