Earlier today, Dr. Faisal Sultan Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Health declared that the government is going to provide the coronavirus vaccines for free to the citizens of the country.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that they were planning a mechanism for the provision of the vaccine to the people.
As per the reports, after clinical trial, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) approved AstraZeneca and Sinopharm’s vaccines for emergency use in the country, he said, adding that Pakistan would firstly obtain over 20 million doses of the coronavirus vaccines.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, though, said that Sinopharm’s efficiency was 80%. He further said that the government will provide 1 million doses of the vaccine to the general public during the first quarter of 2021.
In the first phase, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to healthcare workers and people over 60 years of age.
Previously on January 19, PM Khan had chaired a meeting on the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan and the obtaining of the coronavirus vaccines.
The cabinet committee, formed on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, had informed the prime minister about the recently approved virus vaccines in the country.
Moreover, the committee also briefed the meeting that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had approved two Covid-19 vaccines – China’s Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Pakistan.
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