10 million doses fly in from China to boost Covid-19 vaccine coffers

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Pakistan has received large shipments of the vaccine doses from China, more than 10 million doses have been reached in the country, at least 6.1 million Sinopharm jabs delivered under the United Nations’ COVAX arrangements. 

In a major boost to the national vaccine coffers, Pakistan received more than 10 million doses of vaccines. Overall, the consignments comprised 8.1 million doses of Sinopharm jabs and another 2 million jabs of SinoVac. 

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will run eight special flights to airlift 10 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines from China to Pakistan between August 12 to August 22.

Furthermore, Pakistanhas stepped up the national vaccination campaign in recent months in the wake of a contagious and fast-spreading fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which was fueled by the Indian-origin Delta variant of coronavirus. 

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According to NCOC, the government nationwide strategy to contain the pandemic spread, said that the number of active Covid cases had been on the rise in the recent week, reaching 89,531 on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, on Monday 1,236,000 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines reached Islamabad through the COVAX Facility, bringing the total number of doses delivered by China and the global COVID-19 vaccine equity scheme in Pakistan to five million so far. 

Dr. Palitha Mahipala said, “WHO will continue supporting the Government of Pakistan in setting up essential systems for swift and safe administration of vaccines. On behalf of COVAX Facility, I reiterate that we will support Government of Pakistan with COVID -19 vaccines for around 20% of the population.” 

During the last 24 hours, the NCOC said in its daily update of the disease that 4,373 more people tested positive for the virus while 2,977 people recovered from the disease, taking the national caseload to more than 1,113,647, including 999,403 recoveries. 

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