Pakistan receives 0.5 million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, 1 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to follow

Pakistan received 500,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday a day earlier as the country is set to procure 1 million doses of Pfizer vaccine in the coming months.

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane landed in Islamabad delivering 500,000 doses of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. Pakistan had received two million doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on May 22nd earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is set to procure 1 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine which as more than 90% efficacy rate, by August-September later this year.

Pfizer has assured the government of providing the doses and Pakistan has also purchased 23 ultra-cold refrigerators for the company’s mRNA vaccine.

Pakistan had received 100,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine under WHO’s COVAX initiative on Friday last week.

Currently, Pakistan is utilizing a total of six COVID-19 vaccines namely Sinopharm, CansinoBio, Sputnik V, Oxford AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac to carryout nation-wide inoculation drive against the novel virus.

Meanwhile, PakVac – a license produced domestic version of CaninoBio COVID-19 vaccine of China currently being manufactured by National Institute of Health (NIH) has also received DRAP’s approval to be used for the ongoing mass inoculation drive in the country.