Pakistan receives 1.23m doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine | The Express Tribune


ISLAMABAD:

The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Saturday said Pakistan has received about 1.23 million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine today which were procured under the COVAX programme.

It further added that out of the 3.5 million Sinovac Covid-19 jabs, one million would reach Pakistan on May 9 whereas another consignment of a million doses would reach the country between May 13-15. The remaining 1.5 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine were expected to reach the country by end of May.

The NCOC added that so far about 10.19 million doses of different vaccines (Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino) had reached Pakistan.

Pakistan’s nerve centre to control the Covid-19 pandemic again urged all citizens, especially senior citizens aged 60 years and above, to get themselves vaccinated on priority as they are most vulnerable to the disease.

Read more: PLA delivers second batch of Covid-19 jabs to Pakistan Army

On May 7, it was reported that the second batch of Covid-19 vaccines assisted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was delivered to the Pakistan Army on May 6, the China Military Online (CMO) reported.

According to CMO, the vaccines were provided with the approval of the Central Military Commission (CMC) for the implementation of “President Xi Jinping’s declaration on making China’s Covid-19 vaccine a global public good”.

Pakistan Army received the first batch of the vaccine from the Chinese PLA on February 8, becoming the first foreign military to get the Covid-19 vaccine assistance from the Chinese military.

Meanwhile, the first batch of China’s CanSino Covid-19 vaccines which Pakistan purchased in bulk had been transported to the country, a spokesperson of CanSino Biologics told Xinhua.



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