Sindh’s plan to import 10 million doses of Coronavirus vaccine from China has taken a hit as the scheduled delivery of the first shipment from the neighbouring state has been delayed by several weeks.
According to CM Sindh’s Adviser, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the Sindh government’s first consignment consisting of 2 million doses of CanSinoBIO’s COVID-19 vaccine has been delayed due to a huge global demand for the Chinese vaccine.
The first batch of 2 million doses will now reach Sindh by the end of the third week of May while the remaining doses will be delivered in phases in the following weeks.
Earlier this month, the Sindh government had expressed the intent to procure 10 million doses of CanSinoBIO’s COVID-19 vaccine to AJM Pharma, a Karachi-based pharmaceutical company that is the country representative of the Chinese vaccine manufacturer in Pakistan.
In the week that followed, the Sindh government allocated Rs. 1.5 billion for the vaccine procurement and officially placed the order with AJM Pharma after the federal government allowed the provinces to acquire COVID-19 vaccines independently.
However, AJM Pharma has recently informed the Sindh government that the delivery of the first shipment is unlikely before the second or third week of the next month due to the massive global demand for the Chinese vaccine.