Pakistan has neither placed any final order yet for the procurement of Coronavirus vaccine nor any vaccine manufacturer has accepted the country’s request for supplying the vaccine, SAPM on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, has confirmed.
During an interview with a local news publisher, Dr. Faisal said that developed countries have already commenced mass vaccination campaigns after acquiring most of the available doses of the Coronavirus vaccines.
On the other hand, all developing countries, including Pakistan, are still making efforts to procure the COVID-19 vaccine.
The SAPM said that frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable individuals will be the first to be administered the Coronavirus vaccine as soon as the country procures it.
He added that an expert committee at the health ministry is evaluating the safety and efficacy data of Coronavirus vaccines of Sinopharm, Cansino, and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).
Besides, Pakistan is in talks with AstraZeneca to procure Oxford University’s Coronavirus vaccine both through direct procurement and COVAX facility.
The SAPM told that the Health Ministry will vaccinate 100 million people all over Pakistan through a number of different vaccines acquired both directly and through the COVAX facility.