Pakistan launches locally-made PakVac vaccine today

By: News Desk
Published: 02:43 PM, 1 Jun, 2021
Pakistan launches locally-made PakVac vaccine today
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The locally-manufactured vaccine named ‘PakVac’ will be launched Tuesday (today) and health authorities termed it an important step to help Pakistani’s vaccine supply line, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Federal Parliamentary Secretary of National Health Services Dr Nausheen said that PakVac is the first vaccine to be developed and packaged in Pakistan.

As per the data of the Ministry of National Health Services and NCOC that Pakistan administered 7,648,481 doses of coronavirus vaccine by Monday.

It is relevant to note that the Economic Coordination Committee of the finance ministry has approved Rs20 billion budget to purchase 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses.

It may be mentioned here that NCOC had already announced to start scheduling vaccination of registered 18 plus from June 3rd. 

“With this step, the vaccination of all eligible age groups would be carried out. Please register as soon as possible,” Federal Planning Minister Asad Umar said. 

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Pakistan on May 28 received 100,000 doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine through Covax — the World Health Organisation's global shared vaccine programme — while shipments of diluents and syringes have arrived.

The announcement of the vaccine's arrival was shared by Unicef Pakistan on Twitter which also commended Pakistan for the "successful rollout of the countrywide Covid-19 vaccination campaign, excellent arrangements at vaccination centres and inclusion of all above 18 years of age".

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Earlier Dr Faisal Sultan congratulated the NIH Pakistan team and its leadership for successful fill/finish (from concentrate) of the CanSino vaccine with the help of CanSino Bio Inc. China. 

“The product has passed the rigorous internal QA testing. An imp step to help in our vaccine supply line,” he added.