ISLAMABAD, Jan 31: Pakistan’s planning minister says the country will receive 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the WHO’s COVAX Facility, out of which up to 7 million would arrive by March.
Asad Umar in his Saturday night tweet said also a plane is being sent to China to bring the first tranche of half a million doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine — enough to inoculate 250,000 out of 400,000 health workers.
He said the rest of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be delivered in the second half of the year.
Dr. Faisal Sultan, the prime minister’s special aide on health, said the vaccination will start next week.
Pakistan reported 34 additional deaths amid 1,599 new cases. It has so far confirmed 544,813 cases with 11,657 deaths.