Pakistan to receive 2 million gift Covid vaccines from China
by Shafqat Ali
ISLAMABAD, Aug. 3 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistan will receive a new gift of two million doses of Sinopharm Covid vaccines from the Chinese government this week amid the fourth wave of the pandemic.
In all, Pakistan is expecting 3.5 million doses of Covid vaccines from China within two days as the government has expedited its vaccination process, health authorities said on Monday afternoon.
“The vaccines will be brought in two phases and the two million doses of Sinopharm is a gift from the Chinese government,” National Institute of Health (NIH) said adding that the remaining 1.5 million was purchased by Pakistan from the Chinese company CanSino.
Pakistan has expedited the vaccination process in the wake of the fourth COVID wave gripping the country and Federal Minister and Head of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar said that they have set another record after 10 million people received the jabs within 16 days.
The NCOC head said that the country having a population of 220 million has inoculated 30 million people with the last 10 million being vaccinated in a record 16 days.
“The first crore (10 million) took 113 days. The second 28 days and the 3rd only 16 days,” he said adding that the pace has been rapidly increased.
Pakistan would also be receiving 300,000 doses of CanSino besides getting raw material for 1.2 million doses. “The Cansino vaccine will reach Islamabad on August 3 (Tuesday),” said an NIH official.