Pakistan is set to receive the second batch of Sinopharm’s Coronavirus vaccine consisting of 0.5 million doses from China in the next 24 hours.
Last week, 0.5 million doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine reached the country, allowing authorities to kick start a mass vaccination campaign in which healthcare workers are being inoculated.
According to SAPM on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, 1 million doses of Sinopharm will vaccinate 0.5 million citizens.
Around 45 million citizens will be inoculated by the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines committed by GAVI while 20 million citizens will be vaccinated by China’s CanSino’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is in the final stage of testing.
Collectively, these three sources will cover 65.5 million out of the targeted 70 million Pakistanis that need to be vaccinated in order to break the chain of transmission of Coronavirus.
The government has planned to cover the small difference by allowing the private sector to import vaccines after registering them with DRAP.