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China will donate 500K COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan
China will donate 500K COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan. Pakistani Foreign Minister: China will donate 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
On January 21, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced on Twitter that China would donate 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan. They expressed their “very grateful” for this.
Qureshi said that he had a conversation with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In view of the encouraging results of China’s vaccines and the historical friendship between China and Pakistan, Pakistan has approved the emergency use authorization of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Qureshi said that China’s technical assistance and medical expertise have played a “key role” in Pakistan’s fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. Qureshi also tagged CMB “IronBrothers” (#IronBrothers) on his tweets.
Pakistani Foreign Minister expresses gratitude to China
According to Pakistan’s “Express Tribune” reported on the 21st, China will provide this batch of 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January. At the same time, China agreed to produce the COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan. Qureshi added that China’s provision of a COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan is a “goodwill gesture.”
According to news from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the same day, regarding the call between the Chinese and Pakistani foreign ministers, Wang Yi said, “Pakistan is China’s all-weather strategic partner. Don’t hesitate to extend a helping hand. The Chinese government has decided to provide vaccine assistance to Pakistan and actively coordinate Chinese companies to accelerate the export of vaccines to Pakistan. Our conversation today and China-Pakistan vaccine cooperation will kick off the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan. .”
Qureshi, on behalf of the Pakistani government and people, thanked the Chinese government for its decision to provide vaccine assistance to Pakistan and facilitate procurement. Qureshi said that Pakistan has approved China’s Sinopharm emergency use authorization for vaccines and will actively consider approval of other Chinese vaccine market access.
On the 18th of this month, the Drug Administration of Pakistan (DRAP) issued an announcement stating that the department has granted emergency use permits for two COVID-19 vaccines, and the vaccines have passed the safety and effectiveness assessment. The two vaccines are the COVID-19 vaccine of China National Pharmaceutical Group and the COVID-19 vaccine of AstraZeneca in the United Kingdom.
At the end of last year, when China’s Sinopharm Group’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for listing in China, Pakistan immediately stated that it would purchase Chinese vaccines. At that time, the country’s Minister of Science and Technology (Chaudhry Fawad Hussain) tweeted: “The Cabinet Committee has decided to purchase 1.2 million doses of vaccine from China Sinopharm Group and provide it to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.”
“Express Tribune” pointed out that China CanSino Bio’s recombinant COVID-19 vaccine (Ad5-nCov) is also about to complete the third phase of clinical trials in Pakistan. The country’s special assistant to the prime minister for health affairs, Dr. Faisal Sultan, said the preliminary results of Cansino’s COVID-19 vaccine may be announced in mid-February.
Sutan hopes that the Pakistani government can purchase at least 1 million doses of vaccine by the end of March. The doctor suggested that in order to prevent the spread of the n COVID-19 epidemic, the government should provide vaccination for 70% of the population.
According to the Pakistan news television channel “Aaj News”, Sultan mentioned when introducing the Pakistan vaccine plan to the public on the 21st that Pakistan’s first batch of vaccines will be provided to frontline medical staff in the first quarter, and then those over 65 years old. The elderly. He said that the Pakistani government will provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the public for free.
(sourcesina, reference only)