Pakistan receives first batch of Pfizer Covid vaccine through Covax: Unicef

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Pakistan has received 100,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine through Covax — the World Health Organisation’s global shared vaccine programme — while shipments of diluents and syringes will be arriving today (Saturday) and tomorrow.

The announcement of the vaccine’s arrival was shared by Unicef Pakistan on Twitter which also commended Pakistan for the “successful rollout of the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination campaign, excellent arrangements at vaccination centres and inclusion of all above 18 years of age”.

This is the second consignment of vaccines that Pakistan has received through the Covax facility. The country received the first shipment earlier this month consisting of 1,238,400 doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines. Officials had said at the time that a further 1,236,000 doses would be received in the coming days.

Pakistan is set to receive a total of 17.2 million doses through Covax.

So far, Pakistan has approved five Covid vaccines: Sinopharm, Cansino, Sinovac, Sputnik and AstraZeneca.

Earlier in the week, the government announced it had started production of China’s single-dose CanSino vaccine at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad.

A tweet by the government’s official account said three million doses of the vaccine would be produced per month to “significantly reduce Pakistan’s dependence on importing vaccines from other countries”.

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