Pakistan hasn’t placed any orders for coronavirus vaccine yet

KARACHI: Amid speculations about coronavirus trials in Pakistan, top federal government health authorities have confirmed that Pakistan has neither placed any final order yet to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine nor has any vaccine manufacturer accepted the country’s request for supply of the vaccine.

Several countries, especially developed nations, have already started vaccinating their frontline workers against COVID-19. But developing countries like Pakistan still struggle to acquire safe and effective vaccines.

n a telephonic interview with the publication, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan 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).

Negotiations underway

He said that so far China’s Sinopharm has submitted its data with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and the health authorities are negotiating with the firm for the supply of vaccines but there was no agreement with them as yet

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