PIA transports one million doses of Sinovac vaccine to Pakistan

PIA country manager says more consignments to be airlifted from May 13 to 15 as well as by end of month

APP May 09, 2021

The Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) transported a batch of one million doses of Sinovac vaccine to Islamabad from the Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday.

“More flights of the national carrier are expected to airlift more consignments of Sinovac vaccines procured from China between May 13-15 and by the end of May”, PIA Country Manager for China Qadir Bux Sangi told the APP.

According to official sources, Pakistan has so far received over 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines procured from China including others through the COVAX programme.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has announced that so far 10.19 million doses of different Covid-19 vaccines comprising Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino were received by the country.

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It also informed that 1.23 million doses of Astrazenca Covid vaccine were also received in the federal capital. However, this vaccine was procured through COVAX programme.

While elaborating the arrival of next tranches of the Covid-19 vaccines, the sources said that one million doses would be landing on May 13-15 while another 1.5 million doses are expected by the end of this month.

Currently, Pakistan is facing a third wave of Covid-19 and the positivity rate has seen a sharp rise, forcing the Pakistani authorities to continue tightening the anti-pandemic measures and facilitating the vaccination drive.

It is pertinent to mention here that the relevant Chinese authorities have pledged to continue uninterrupted supply of vaccine to help Pakistan defeat the fatal virus.

Pakistan began a vaccination drive in March with over a million doses of Sinopharm vaccines donated by China.

Islamabad received the first Covid-19 vaccine consignment after a military aircraft transported it from Beijing on February 1, this year.


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