It’s official and its confirmed. Pakistanis will get Astrazeneca Covid 19 vaccine in 2021 free of cost in all the cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Bahawalpur, Wah Cantt, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Faisalabad, Sialkot, and other cities. It will happen this year asap.
Efficacy of Covid vaccine in Pakistan is a matter of concern because we all know that there is no proper system of storage available especially in the remote and rural areas. Besides so far this government has proven to be most inefficient and clueless in all sectors including health. They might be able to do something right in big cities in media limelight but they are hopeless as soon as the cameras are off. Their spin doctors are good at creating illusion of success but we all know there is nothing concrete beneath it.
According to officials in Pakistan, the emergency use of the British vaccine Straznica has been approved. This is the first vaccine approved for use in Pakistan. Speaking to Reuters on Saturday, Health Minister Faisal Sultan said that after approval from the Drug Regulatory Authority, more than 1 million doses of China’s synoform vaccine had also been approved. This is a very welcoming news for the masses. But the true test will come when the vaccine is here and how it is handled.
“The Drug and Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved the emergency use of Straznica,” he said. “We are in the process of acquiring Western and other vaccines under bilateral trade agreements or through the UN platform Kovacs,” he said. Dr Faisal Sultan said that Pakistan was in touch with various vaccine companies and under an agreement with China’s Can Sino Bio-Company, “tens of millions” of vaccines could be procured. Now we have to see how he converts words to actions.
He said that the company’s vaccine is about to complete the third phase of clinical trials in Pakistan. The health minister said that the most important thing is the effectiveness of vaccines. “We are reviewing the effectiveness of different vaccines.” Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechoho said that we have completed the logistical preparations for the first vaccination in Sindh while Karachi University in Sindh is the only institution in the country which is profiling the corona virus under genomic surveillance because The virus has changed over time.
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