‘Pakistan to start free coronavirus vaccination in April 2021’

By: INP      Published: 11:48 PM, 2 Dec, 2020
‘Pakistan to start free coronavirus vaccination in April 2021’

Pakistan will begin vaccinating people against the coronavirus from April 2021. The vaccine will be provided free of charge, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid said on Wednesday.

“The PTI government will provide the coronavirus vaccine free of charge to people,” Dr Hamid wrote on Twitter. “Government will start the vaccination from the second quarter of 2021.”

In the first phase the vaccine will be administered to people over the age of 60, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health Dr Faisal Sultan. 

He announced that the cabinet has approved Rs150 million for the procurement of the vaccine. A few companies have also been shortlisted. 

Clinical trials of the Chinese vaccine developed by CanSino Biologics are already underway in Pakistan. Health experts have said the response to the trial has been positive.

The vaccine, called Ad5, was developed by Chinese company CanSino Biologics and the Institute of Biology at the China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences.