COVID-19: Pakistan indicators settlement with Pfizer for 13 million doses


2021-06-22 17:31:01

A banner explaining the COVID-19 vaccination course of exhibited to encourage folks to get the jab in Peshawar.
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Islamabad: Pakistan has finalised a vaccine settlement to acquire 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, the well being chief Dr Faisal Sultan informed Gulf Information.

The vaccine doses could be out there all through the course of 2021 beneath an settlement the federal government’s Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) signed with Pfizer Pakistan and BioNTech SE.

The vaccine maker seems ahead to “work with the Pakistan authorities and to marshal scientific and manufacturing assets” towards the shared objective of bringing COVID-19 vaccine to the folks of Pakistan as shortly as attainable. “Within the face of this international well being disaster, Pfizer’s function – breakthroughs that change sufferers’ lives – has taken on a fair larger urgency. Our hope is that our vaccine will assist make this occur” Syed Muhammad Wajeehuddin, nation supervisor Pfizer Pakistan, stated in an announcement.

Sean Marett, chief enterprise and business officer at BioNTech, thanked “Pakistan authorities for “its help and placing belief” within the firm’s capacity to develop a vaccine that “has the potential to assist tackle this international pandemic menace.” The German pharmaceutical firm BioNTech and US agency Pfizer purpose to fabricate greater than 3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine globally by the top of 2021.

Pfizer in demand

On Could 28, Pakistan acquired 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by means of the COVAX facility which has pledged free vaccines for 20 per cent of the nation’s 220 million inhabitants. Nevertheless, there’s a rising demand for Pfizer vaccines particularly amongst these Pakistanis planning to journey overseas for work and research. Two key components driving the demand for Pfizer are: blood clot fears related to AstraZeneca and the notion that the Pfizer vaccine is best. At present, the federal government has reserved Pfizer doses for folks with low immunity solely.

Exhausting provides

The settlement with Pfizer got here quickly after Pakistan acquired 1.5 million doses of the Chinese language Sinovac vaccine this week at a vital time because the nation has already exhausted the preliminary vaccine provides. Pakistan has administered 13.4 million of the full 16 million doses in its stock, with about 3.5 million folks totally vaccinated, based on the Nationwide Command Operation Centre (NCOC), which is supervising the pandemic response.

Pakistan’s immunisation marketing campaign has initially been sluggish amid hesitancy and lack of vaccines however the drive picked tempo final month. Round 250,000 doses are being administered every day presently.

The nation has to this point acquired 16 million doses of various vaccines together with Sinopharm (6.7m doses), Sinovac (7m), AstraZeneca (1.24m), CanSino (1m) and Pfizer (0.1m). Pakistan has allotted $1 billion for vaccine procurement because the nation goals to vaccinate 70 million vaccine eligible folks by the top of 2021.

Pakistan has recorded a complete of 949,838 circumstances and 22,034 deaths as of June 22. At the very least 663 new infections and 27 deaths had been reported within the final 24 hours.

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