Coronavirus: Pakistan secures 17 mln doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through COVAX
Pakistan has secured 17 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine under a global scheme to deliver coronavirus treatments to developing nations, a government health official said on Saturday.
About 6 million of the doses will arrive in the first quarter of 2021 under the COVAX scheme, with the remainder due by mid-year, Faisal Sultan, special assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, said in a statement.
Pakistan signed up last year to the vaccine sharing scheme coordinated by the World Health Organization to support lower-income countries.
For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.
“We remain confident that we will meet our plan of large-scale immunization over the coming months this year,” Sultan said.
Pakistan expects to receive 500,000 doses of a vaccine made by China National Pharmaceutical Group (SinoPharm) in coming days. It will launch a vaccination drive, which will initially target health workers, next week.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
The South Asian nation of 220 million people also expects China to donate a further one million doses.
Having already approved the AstraZeneca and SinoPharm vaccines, Pakistan is also likely to approve Russia’s Sputnik V, officials say, adding that the authorizations will be reviewed quarterly.
Pakistan reported 2,179 new infections and 65 deaths in the latest 24-hours, taking the total number of cases to 543,214, with 11,623 deaths.
COVAX vaccine scheme says will supply 1.8 bln doses to poor in 92 countries this year
Coronavirus: Pakistan raises COVID-19 vaccine budget to $250 million
Coronavirus: Pakistan approves China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
Coronavirus global death toll hits 2,206,873: AFPThe novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,206,873 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: World Bank commits $12 billion for vaccinations in AfricaThe World Bank has committed $12 billion to African countries to support vaccination programs across a continent that hasn’t been able to keep pace ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Fresh data show toll S. African virus variant takes on vaccine efficacyClinical trial data on two COVID-19 vaccines show that a coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa is lessening their ability to protect ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: Oxygen shortage leaves six COVID-19 patients dead in PakistanAt least six COVID-19 patients died after “criminal negligence” resulted in a delayed supply of oxygen to a hospital in northwest Pakistan, officials ... Coronavirus