NewsManufacturers yet to accept Pakistan's order for COVID-19 vaccine

Manufacturers yet to accept Pakistan’s order for COVID-19 vaccine

-

Islamabad (Pakistan): Pakistan has not placed any final order to import the Covid-19 vaccine nor has any vaccine manufacturer accepted the country’s request for supply of the vaccine, a top official in the Imran Khan government has said.

In a telephonic interaction with The News International, Dr. Faisal Khan, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health said: “Although, we are striving hard to get the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest for our frontline workers and others the final order has not yet been placed and accepted (by any vaccine manufacturer).”

On January 13, Dawn had reported that the only hurdle in importing the Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm will be removed soon with its Phase-I trial in Karachi reaching the final stage.

While Pakistan has reported a total of 514,338 Covid-19 cases and 10,863 deaths, the country’s top health expert said that though China’s Sinopharm has submitted its data with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) no agreement has been made on its procurement.

Also read: Pakistan claims ‘concrete evidence’ of India-sponsored terrorism

“The second vaccine candidate is Cansino, whose trials are currently underway and they are a couple of weeks away from submitting their data to us. We are also interested in Russian vaccine Sputnik V, who have submitted some data but we have sought more data from them,” he said.

“We are trying to get AstraZeneca vaccine both through the Covax facility and through direct procurement,” he added.

This revelation comes as several countries have already started administering COVID-19 vaccines. 

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Swiss unanimously votes for same-sex union referendum

GENEVA — In Switzerland, a controversial same-sex marriage referendum has been resoundingly approved by voters of the conservative, rich Alpine...

New Covid surge overwhelms hospitals in parts of US

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to one of the country's top health officials, the spike in coronavirus cases in the...

China wants effeminate male celebs to man up

WASHINGTON — Macho men are in and effeminate male performers are out as Beijing expands its crackdown on China's entertainment...

Billie Eilish, BTS to perform at climate change concert

Billie Eilish, BTS, and Elton John, among others, will donate their star power to Global Citizen Live on Saturday...

Google faces off EU in court over record $5.1 billion antitrust fine

This week, Google will face the European Commission in a five-day court hearing, appealing a record $5.1 billion fine...

WHO’s Covax misses 2021 target. What went wrong?

The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you