PIA plane with vaccine consignment at Beijing airport. PHOTO: APP

First batch of another million doses of Sinopharm vaccine reaches Pakistan

A special PIA plane airlifted 500,000 doses from Beijing on Tuesday while another batch will arrive on Wednesday

APP June 01, 2021

A special plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) airlifted a batch of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from the Beijing Capital International Airport to Islamabad on Tuesday.

Another plane of the national flag carrier will transport another batch of 500,000 doses of the same vaccine on Wednesday morning, Qadir Bux Sangi, PIA Country Manager for China told APP.

Last Sunday, a special PIA flight transported a consignment of 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine from Beijing to Islamabad.

The government has decided to run massive vaccination drive across the country to achieve the target of providing 70 million vaccines to the people aimed at fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, around 5.3 million people have been vaccinated in the country.

The concerned authorities have already arranged 10 million more vaccines while 10 million more would available in June and further 10 million in July, according to official sources.

Also read: Pakistan launches locally made anti-Covid vaccine ‘PakVac’

A Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson has stated in a statement that China has always attached great importance to Pakistan’s demand for vaccines to help fight Covid-19 pandemic.

“Chinese vaccines manufacturers have cooperated with Pakistan in the development and production of vaccines from very beginning and will continue to export vaccines to Pakistan,” he added.

It may be mentioned that Pakistani health authorities had launched a nationwide vaccination drive with around a million doses of Sinopharm vaccine donated by China, starting with older people and frontline healthcare workers, in March. The drive began with a focus on the oldest people in the community, generally over the age of 80, and worked its way down.

Initially, the government had to deal with vaccination hesitancy and a shortage of vaccine supplies and had limited shots for people aged 30 or over.


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