On Wednesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that at least two million doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine are present in Pakistan’s inventory.
Meanwhile, the PM’s aide on health stated that about 2.2 million people are fully vaccinated against the contagious disease coronavirus in Pakistan, which means they have received both doses of the vaccine, whereas more than 3.7 million have received at least 1 dose.
“Approximately eight million doses have been administered. Pakistan is among the top 30 countries of the world in terms of vaccine doses administered.”
On the other hand, Dr Faisal said that the whole world is facing a vaccine shortage, and Pakistan’s inventory will receive more doses after June 20.
Although, the country, in its coronavirus vaccination drive has been using vaccines imported from China.
SAPM added that the authorities are trying to guarantee the steady supply to all vaccination centers, but some face a temporary shortage from time to time. A break of a few weeks before the second vaccination dose will not be harmful, he clarified.
Dr Faisal then emphasized that the observance to SOPs was still the most important part of the government’s anti-Covid response. He also said that the country had not reached a point where it can depend entirely on vaccinations.
Moreover, previously, he rejected the assumptions regarding the non-availability of the Sinopharm vaccine in the country.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has estimated that so far Pakistan has received over 13 million doses of China’s Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino Covid-19 vaccines and AstraZeneca, Pfizer from the COVAX,
However, according to the latest statistics by the NCOC, 46,269 COVID-19 tests were conducted across the country in the last 24 hours, out of which 991 people tested positive for the infection with the positivity rate of 2.14%.