KARACHI: Prime Minister’s Special Adviser on Planning Assad Omar announced that 17 million doses of AstraZeneca will be made available to Pakistanis and delivery will begin in February.
Assad Omar tweeted:
“Good news on the Covid vaccine front.
We received a letter from Covax regarding the supply of up to 17 million doses of AstraZeneca in the first half of 2021. We will receive about 6 million with delivery from February to March. Ensuring availability We signed back with Covax for about 8 months.
Meanwhile, the Covid-19 vaccine will start simultaneously for half a million frontline health workers inside Pakistan on Wednesday, including Islamabad and four provincial capitals, as half a million doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm will begin arriving in the country by private jet in Nora.
Khan Air Base, Rawalpindi, received the news on Sunday evening. Vaccination of doctors, nurses, paramedics and cleaners in the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm is planned in Islamabad and in the provincial capitals of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan under the leadership of the relevant prime ministers. SAPM Dr.
The Sultan told Haber that these ceremonies could be held ‘either Wednesday or Thursday. However, in Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan, or in absence of Assad Omar or SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan on Health would be the main guest. More than 400,000 health workers have been registered with the government for the vaccine, and government officials say there are about half a million front-line health workers who will be vaccinated on a priority basis after being vaccinated in the first group.
Authorities said the vaccination ceremonies for frontline health workers in Sindh and Punjab would be held at Jinnah Graduate Medical Center (JPMC), Karachi and Lahore, Mayo Hospitals, respectively, while identifying vaccination centers in Quetta and Peshawar. Meanwhile, the Sindh government has announced that health workers working in the frontline will start vaccinating Covid-19 in 10 areas of the province’s severe Covid districts starting Wednesday.
In addition to the seven districts of Karachi, the vaccine would also be prepared in Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad and Jamshoro. The statement came from Information Minister Seyid Nasir Hussein Shah at a press conference on Friday. A special donor group has also pledged to provide Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines to 20 percent of Pakistan’s population, he said.