Despite concerns over fairness and higher prices, Islamabad agreed this week to allow the commercial import and sale of vaccines without price caps, in contrast to most countries, which are importing and administering vaccines through government channels.
"Pleased to announce that registration for getting Covid vaccine is now open for all citizens 65 and above. Just write down [yo]ur CNIC number and send message on 1166. Inshallah vaccinations for this age group will start in March,” Minister Asad Umar said in a tweet.
The health authorities said, “Adhering to all the vaccine doses and to all recommended precautionary measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands, would stop the spread of COVID-19 virus in the society.”
The Ministry of Health and Prevention succeeded in providing the vaccine to 3,480,415 residents, which is 44.89% of the target. The vaccine was also given to 57.66% of residents over 60 years old.
According to the NCOC data, Pakistan will receive 5.6m doses by the end of March, with 2.8m doses of Gavi/Covax expected in the first week of next month and another 2.8m doses by the second week. In all, 17.1m doses will reach Pakistan by the end of June.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that 81,790 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours
On Jan.28, the federal government gave the green light for three COVID-19 vaccines including Russia’s Sputnik-V, China’s Sinopharm and UK’s Oxford-AstraZeneca for emergency use in the country for which a step-by-step guide was also issued.
“Thank God, the first batch of Sinopharm vaccine has arrived! Grateful to China and everyone who made this happen,” he said. “I salute our frontline healthcare workers for their efforts and they’ll be first to get vaccinated.”
Apropos with the latest talk in the town about COVID-19 vaccines, I am glad that finally, we have found a suitable remedy. As we all are aware, we have been living with this for a year and the virus still continues to haunt us. There are so many who lost their precious life,