Pakistan set to receive 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines before April

The British High Commission on Sunday announced that Pakistan will soon receive doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to a statement from the Commission, the country will receive “17 million doses of the vaccine before April”.

Thereafter, “before June”, Pakistan will receive an “additional 10 million doses”, said the statement.

With the vaccine, more than eight million people will receive protection from coronavirus, it added.

The chief of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Asad Umar, had earlier broke the good news that COVAX has indicated a supply of up to 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for Pakistan in the first half of 2021.

“Good news on COVID vaccine front. Received a letter from COVAX of [an] indicative supply of up to 17 million doses of AstraZeneca in 1st half 2021,” Umar wrote on Twitter.

According to the planning minister, six million of the total 17 million doses will be received by March with delivery starting in February. He did not specify any dates.