COVID-19 vaccine to be available in country by March: Asad Umar
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Sunday said that the government has approved procurement of the coronavirus vaccine and it would be available in the country by March, ARY News reported.
In an interview, Asad Umar said the government has given approval of “AstraZeneca”, vaccine while discussion with a Chinese company, “Sinopharm” is also under progress.
He maintained that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has given green signal for importing the vaccine to protect the masses from corona virus.
The minister said that priority would be given to the provision of vaccines to health workers and the people falling between 60 to 65 years of age.
He said that around three million healthcare workers have been imparted training for anti-corona vaccination. Asad Umar said that the private sector can import the vaccine after following the necessary procedure.
Earlier on January 13, Parliamentary Secretary of National Health Services Dr Nausheen Hamid had said that Sinopharm had been selected for corona vaccination in the country.
Talking to the media Dr Nausheen Hamid had said that the government was in contact with four other vaccine companies and talks for procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine was in the final stage.