Pakistan to receive 13 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

Pakistan is set to attain another 13.2 million doses of the coronavirus Pfizer vaccine by the end of June. Pakistan on Monday endorsed a contract with Pfizer Pakistan under which it would procure 13 million doses.

While the exact timeline is not provided, it is anticipated that the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine would arrive in July while the remaining would be delivered by the end of 2021.

We are deeply honored to operate with the Pakistani government and to muster our scientific and manufacturing aids toward our shared purpose of fetching Covid-19 vaccines to the people of Pakistan as early as possible,” said Pfizer Pakistan Country Manager Syed Mohammad Wajeeh­uddin in a statement.

Pakistan has primarily used Chinese vaccines: Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and Sinovac during its inoculation campaign and before this month they authorized the use of AstraZeneca for people under 40 years of age.

Pakistan is also in the final phases of obtaining 10 million doses of Russian Sputnik V. Its shipment is prone to reach Pakistan by the end of June or the first week of July.

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The NCOC has modified the guidelines for the two-dose Chinese vaccines, expanding the gap between the doses to six weeks.

According to details, two-dose vaccines were initially given with a four-week gap which has now been enhanced to six weeks. A senior official of the health ministry told a publication that scarcity of vaccines was the main reason behind reinforcing the gap between the two doses.

Nearly 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated to the country so far, with about 3.5 million people fully vaccinated, according to the data issued by the National Command Operation Center.

So far 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine have arrived under Covax, an international union that has vowed free vaccine for the 225 million population of Pakistan.

Source: The News International

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