Pakistan Has Not Requested Covid Vaccine Yet
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan has revealed that Pakistan has not placed any final order yet to acquire COVID-19 vaccine. No vaccine manufacturer has accepted the country’s request for the supply of vaccine.
The News quoted him as saying, “Although we are striving hard to get the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest for our frontline workers and others but the final order has not yet been placed and accepted (by any vaccine manufacturer).
He further stated that Pakistan is trying to get a vaccine as soon as possible but no exact date can be given at the moment.
Even though China’s Sinopharm vaccine has submitted its data with Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) however there’s no agreement with them as yet.
“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. We are trying to get Astrazeneca vaccine both through the Covax facility and through direct procurement,” he added.