Sindh to buy vaccine directly from China, says health minister

By: News Desk      Published: 03:54 PM, 30 Mar, 2021
Sindh to buy vaccine directly from China, says health minister

Sindh Minister of Health and Population Welfare Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho on Tuesday said the province has allocated Rs500 million to buy CanSino vaccine jabs from China directly after the federal government allowed provinces to buy vaccines on their own, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.  

The health minister said that Sindh so far administered 166,808 vaccine shots to citizens. “CanSino vaccine shots will be bought from China on our own,” Azra Pechuho declared, adding the Sindh government has set aside Rs500 million budget for this purpose.

She said if British variant virus reached Sindh then it would create more havoc. 

Azra Pechuho said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was apprised of the COVID-19 situation in Punjab and that was the reason about the cancellation of April 4 ceremonies, on eve of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death anniversary.  

She said people over 55 years age group are being administered vaccine shots and in a few days people with 50 years age will be getting the vaccine jabs.

“When there will be more vaccine, more vaccine centres will be set up reducing the number of deaths related to COVID-19,” she further added.

Right now there are 29 vaccine centres across Sindh, she added.

The Sindh government will get 0.2 million anti-corona vaccine shots in a few days as the federal government is about to receive million vaccine jabs. 

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan will receive another batch of over a million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China next week. Dr Faisal Sultan, the prime minister’s adviser on health, said in a tweet.

He said that the country has placed orders for the purchase of 1 million and 60,000 doses of Sinopharm and CanSino vaccines from China respectively, which will be received within a few days.

Several million additional doses are in the pipeline and will be delivered in April, he added.

Dr Azra further said that Sindh refused to give two names for the board of governors to run the hospitals in Sindh which the federal government wanted to run.