The COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, with second and third waves reported in several countries. Vaccines are, however, also being rolled out in various places. The majority of wealthy countries have al- ready secured supplies, while poorer countries have to wait for their turn.
Pakistan formally launched the coronavirus vaccination drive at the start of February as the country continues to battle the deadly virus. The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China arrived in Pakistan via a PAF plane. China has donated 0.5 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which has an efficacy of 79.3%.
The federal government distributed the Chinese-made vaccines among the federating units. Sindh received 84,000 doses of the vaccine, Punjab received 70,000, KP received 65,000, and Balochistan received 10,300 doses.
The frontline health care workers across the country will receive the inoculations in the first phase. Prime Minister Imran Khan attended a nationally televised launch event, where a doctor was given the first shot of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
Beijing has donated the COVID vaccine to Islamabad as a “goodwill gesture” to help South Asian neighbors deal with the looming health crisis. In addition to that, Pakistan is the first country in the world to receive the Chinese government-donated vaccine. PM Imran thanked China for the donation and said, ”The vaccine will be first administered to health workers treating corona- virus patients, followed by elderly persons in the high-risk age group.”