Pakistan launches local preparation and packaging of China’s CanSino COVID-19 vaccine
Pakistan has started putting together China’s single-dose CanSino vaccine with imported raw materials.
A local media outlet quoted the National Institute of Health (NIH) as saying the country now hopes to prepare 100,000 shots before rolling them out in local packaging by the end of the month.
The South Asian country received a significant shipment of CanSino vaccines from China on Wednesday.
It also hopes to receive over 1.2 million doses via the COVAX program for developing nations by Friday.
“The raw material is enough to deliver 120,000 doses of CanSino vaccines,” NIH authorities were quoted by Geo News as saying.
“The locally packaged jabs will be ready by the end of the current month.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently reviewing China’s COVID-19 vaccines for global emergency use.
So far, Beijing has mainly exported the vaccines to developing nations.
A favorable verdict by the WHO may help address the common vaccine distribution problem globally and significantly boost the pace of the global immunization campaign.
Pakistan has primarily relied on Chinese vaccines via a private firm that also imported a restricted number of doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine administered last month.
The Federal Minister for Planning & Development, Asad Umar, has said Pakistan has increased its coronavirus immunization drive pace and is now vaccinating over 200,000 people daily.
It is pertinent to note that less than 3 million people have been vaccinated so far in the nation of 220 million.
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