Pakistan administers 10 mln COVID vaccine doses; eyes 70 mln target

Pakistan on Wednesday hailed the administration of 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccines as a major step towards its goal of vaccinating 70 million people by the end of the year.

“Thank goodness we managed to deliver 10 million vaccines (doses),” said COVID-19 Operations Minister Asad Umar at a milestone ceremony in Islamabad.

“Our goal is to vaccinate up to 70 million people by the end of this year,” he said of the total adult vaccine-eligible population, from a 220 million nation.

Pakistan faced initial vaccination hesitation and a shortage of supplies, but launched a mass vaccination campaign late last month.

It has relied heavily on Ally China for its vaccine deliveries, with three of its six approved doses coming from Chinese manufacturers: Sinopharm, SinoVac, and CanSinoBio.

Coronavirus infections have increased in recent months but have gradually decreased. Pakistan has recorded a total of 936,131 cases and 21,453 deaths.

1,118 new infections and 77 deaths were reported on Wednesday.

Pakistan has secured more than 18 million doses through donations and purchases and has also started producing the Chinese single-dose CanSinoBio. began (6185.HK) Vaccine, with the hope of making 3 million doses a month. Continue reading

The minister appealed to the public to get the shot and help restore normal life and business.

“The faster we vaccinate, the faster we get rid of this pandemic,” he said.

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