Pakistan continues to bank on Chinese Covid vaccines

Islamabad: Pakistan continues to bank on COVID vaccines from Iron Brother China as it fights the pandemic.
So far, Pakistan has received millions of vaccines from China and vaccinated scores of citizens.
But much needs to be done as a mammoth majority of the population is yet to get vaccinated amid the third and lethal wave of the pandemic.
Chinese vaccines have shown good results in Pakistan and almost everybody is satisfied with the effectiveness of the Chinese vaccines.
The health ministry said on Saturday evening that Pakistan will receive another batch of COVID vaccine from China on May 17 comprising of 1.2 million doses.
Earlier, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), urged the people to get vaccinated.
“As vaccine supply continues to improve and vaccination capacity gets enhanced in all Federating units, we continue to expand the categories of those who are eligible to get vaccinated,” he tweeted
He added: “Starting Sunday the 16th of May, registration will be open to all 30 years and older citizens.”
The federal health ministry said 1.2 million doses of the Chinese vaccine will reach Islamabad on May 17.
“The doses included a million jabs of China’s Sinovac vaccine and 200,000 vaccines of single-dose CanSino,” said a spokesperson.
He said a further batch of two million COVID vaccine Sinovac will reach Islamabad on May 21.
Pakistan is already vaccinating its population over 40-year old besides the NCOC on Wednesday allowing citizens aged 30 and above to sign up for Covid-19 vaccination from May 16.