"The vaccine will be single dose and has been manufactured by the CanSino Biologics whose single dose injectable vaccine is already being used in Pakistan. Nasal vaccines are usually given to children but there will be no age limit for it..."
Federal Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar announced on Wednesday that the registration of persons aged 19 and above for vaccination against the coronavirus will start from Thursday.
Meanwhile, after the UK variant made inroads into various cities of the country, Pakistan has reported its first confirmed patient carrying the Indian strain.
Asad Umar cautioned that while restrictions were being relaxed, there were still 4,500 patients on oxygen. "If we immediately try to open a lot of things then God forbid, it might happen that we have to close everything again as we saw in the region."
Data shows that Islamabad, Abbottabad, Mirpur, Gilgit and Rawalpindi are the cities where over 30 per cent of the population has been vaccinated till now. Gujranwala, Mardan and Quetta have so far vaccinated only 10 per cent or below of their populations.
Satisfied with the overall situation, the NCOC announced to lift various COVID-19 restrictions from July 1 owing to the downward trend in infections across the country. Cinemas to operate till 1am, with entry for vaccinated persons only.
Saudi Arabia, which bars direct travel from Pakistan, has only approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Anyone arriving without one of those shots is required to quarantine at a cost many Pakistani workers say they cannot afford.
Health Minister Faisal Sultan said Imran Khan was "in good health" with a mild cough and fever and was self-isolating at home, adding that the 68-year-old premier had likely been infected much before he got his first vaccine shot on Thursday.
The United Kingdom on Wednesday said that people under the age of 30 should choose alternatives to the vaccine, after reporting 19 deaths from clots among people who received the shot.
Pakistan is currently offering free vaccines to frontline healthcare workers and people over the age of 50, but the drive has thus far been slow, and last month the country allowed commercial imports by the private sector for the general public.