Prime Minister‘s Special assistant Advisor Dr. Faisal Sultan told that the Pakistan Health authorities are talking with China and Russia to get CoVid-19 vaccines.
“We are in talks with China, Russia and some other countries for procurement of the [Covid-19] vaccine after narrowing down our priority list,” said Dr. Faisal Sultan.
He said that the vaccine of this corona virus will be available between January and March in the upcoming year in Pakistan and will then be given to the health workers and the elder citizens in the trial phase.
“There is nothing final yet; however, I can tell you that we have to rely on more than one source,” he said. “We will procure the vaccine only after its efficacy and safety is proven.” he added.
The distribution of Sputnik V Covid-19 shots has started worldwide by Russia nationwide. Meanwhile China is still testing its vaccines in several countries and deals are being signed between China and other countries.
Some other vaccines that are produced by Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca are still in line to get authorisation.
Initial amount of $150 million have been announced to purchase the doses in Islamabad. Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the authorities is requesting the government to give more funds for the vaccines if required, he told in a press conference earlier this month.
Nausheen Hamid, the parliamentary secretary for health, said that all citizens will be given Covid-19 vaccines free of cost, she told last week.
The vaccines will be administered to the public in different stages:
Stage 1: In this stage the frontline health care workers will be put on priority.
Stage 2: In this stage, the vaccine will be administered to the elderly people and the population that are at a risk of getting the virus.
Stage 3: In this stage ,the common public will be administered with the vaccine, told Dr. Faisal.
Pakistan has witnessed an rapid increase in Corona cases and the number of deaths are also increasing by a tremendous ratio. 3,795 new cases were recorder today in Pakistan.
The total cases have now reached to 420,294 with 8,398 deaths till today. And about 5.8 million population has been tested for the virus.