Pakistan receives another 500,00 doses of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

Pakistan on Wednesday (today) received another batch of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine comprising of 500,000 doses.

The new batch of COVID-19 vaccine was received by SAPM on Health – Dr Faisal Sultan at Nur Khan Base in Rawalpindi.

Dr Faisal Sultan expressed gratitude to Chinese government for its support, and standing by Pakistan’s side in difficult times.

The SAPM highlighted that more than 800,000 people have received COVID-19 vaccine in the country so far.

Meanwhile earlier in the day, Pakistan received its first shipment of 60,000 single-dose Convidecia COVID-19 vaccine. The single-dose Convidecia vaccine will be only administered only to people over 80 years of age as per instructions from the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) via separate Adult Vaccination Centers (AVCs).

It is pertinent to know that Pakistan launched its first COVID-19 vaccination programme on February 3rd after receiving 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China’s Sinopharm on February 1st.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched simultaneously in federal capital along with provincial capitals namely Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar.

Meanwhile the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination was launched on March 10th. The second phase of COVID-19 inoculation will focus on people who are aged 60 or above, as they’re more vulnerable to the novel virus.

According to Ministry of National Health Services, people above the age of 60 can get themselves registered via sending a text message at 1166 or can visit (NIMS) website.