Pakistan has made its first purchase of over one million doses of the Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics COVID-19 vaccines from China, to be delivered by the end of March.
According to the details, Pakistan has bought the doses of the Chinese vaccines for the first time after previously having relied on donations.
Pakistan is also in talks with the same companies for further deliveries of 7 million vaccine doses.
The Federal Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) stated, “We have purchased 1 million and 60,000 doses of Sinopharm and CanSino vaccines. We will be receiving the consignment before the end of March”.
“We want them to deliver that 7 million by the end of April, but they have not confirmed this yet. They might have some supply issues,” the PTI leader added.
Currently, Pakistan is inoculating its healthcare workers and citizens above the age of 60 free of charge with the donated 1 million Sinopharm doses.