ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will receive its first purchase of over 1 million doses of Chinese Sinopharm and CanSino Covid-19 vaccines by the end of March, Planning Minister Asad Umar.
This will be the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines the federal government has purchased from any manufacturer for 220 million people.
The government has previously relied on donations and on allocations from the World Health Organisation-backed COVAX scheme for poorer nations.
“We have purchased one million and 60,000 doses of Sinopharm and CanSino vaccines,” Asad Umar who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said. “We will be receiving the consignment before the end of March.”
He said the government was in talks with the same companies to purchase a further seven million doses of the vaccines.
“We want them to deliver that seven million by the end of April, but they have not confirmed this yet. They might have some supply issues,” Umar added.