NCOC to store vaccine at Islamabad as plane leaves for China Sunday

By: News Desk
Published: 04:59 PM, 30 Jan, 2021
NCOC to store vaccine at Islamabad as plane leaves for China Sunday
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The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Saturday was apprised by authorities concerned that all the necessary measures had been put in place for Covid-19 vaccine storage in Islamabad after importing it from China.

The first shipment of a Chinese Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive by January 31 (Sunday) in Pakistan.

During Saturday’s session, the forum deliberated about vaccine administration strategy and measures across Pakistan and particularly the movement of the initial tranche of vaccine for which a special plane would fly to China on Sunday for transportation.

Furthermore, the vaccine would be moved to various federating units of Sindh and Balochistan through the air.

Earlier, on January 27, it was reported that the NCOC had developed a vaccination plan keeping in view the best global principles and health guidelines. On January 28, the federal government gave the green light for three Covid-19 vaccines including Russia’s Sputnik-V, China’s Sinopharm and UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca for emergency use in the country for which a step-by-step guide was also issued.

A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plane will depart for China on Sunday (tomorrow) to bring the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine comprising five hundred thousand doses. The doses will be transported from Beijing in a special Chinese container. The authorities have confirmed that China has donated a total of 1.1 million vaccine doses to Pakistan. 

A few days ago, NCOC had outlined the country's vaccination strategy against Covid-19, revealing an eight-step process for registration and vaccination once the vaccines become available.

The strategy was developed after consultation with all provinces and relevant stakeholders and was according to established international health guidelines, the NCOC said. "The purpose of the strategy is to vaccinate people in a healthy environment and in accordance with health guidelines through a concrete plan."

The forum said that an online portal — National Immunisation Management System (NIMS) — has been created which will be operated by the NCOC. Human interaction within the portal will be minimised to keep the system transparent, it added.

  In addition to NIMS, numerous Adult Vaccine Centres (AVCs) have been established across the country which will be run by the National Vaccination and Administration Control Cell (NVACC). Coordination cells have also been established at provincial and district levels, the NCOC said.

The NCOC revealed an eight-step registration process for citizens which is as follows: