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Sindh plans to buy 20M Covid vaccine doses from China

  • Sindh will receive 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine directly from China
  • The provincial government is in contact with the federal government for approval, said Sindh’s health minister.
  • Currently, only frontline health workers has vaccinated with China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

Sindh plans to buy 20 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine directly from China for the elderly.

Although the government is already in touch with the approval center, said Health Minister Dr. Sindh. Azra Pechuho on Monday.

She spoke with Sindh Health Secretary Kazim Jai and other officials after meeting with Chinese Consul General Li Bijian at the Chinese Consulate General in Karachi.

News in province comes a day after media reports that China’s vaccine given to people over the age of 60. Also non-frontline healthcare workers, and others who still do not qualify for NCOC is otherwise state.

Dr. Pechuho said also that she asked the Chinese Consul General that Sindh plans to buy 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Whereas the Chinese Consul General in Karachi offered his full support to the Sindh government and said he would talk with his government about the transfer of health technology to Sindh.

While First-choice healthcare workers are currently in vaccination process with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine yet. However, the limited dosages available in the province.

Dr. Pechuho said more doses needed to save lives.

Sindh reports major irregularities in vaccination

media reports on Saturday.

The couple received the vaccine on February 6 at the Adult Vaccination Center on the Ojha campus of Dow University of Health Sciences from an assistant district employee of the East District.

The former governor’s daughter is the niece of the Head of the National Command and Operations Center, Federal Minister Asad Umar. PML-N leaders emphatically denied any connection with vaccinating their daughter and sons-in-law.

NCOC guidelines on Chinese vaccine

The NCOC has received complaints from the Sindh government about irregularities in the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine. In which they have benefited many “influential but unrelated people”.

The complaint reports that several non-frontline health workers, some influential people and their families have been vaccinated in consultation with local health authorities.

Read Also: how you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pakistan

According to NCOC guidelines, the vaccine should not be given to anyone over the age of 60 or under 18 years of age.

However, this direction is in stark contrast to global practice where the coronavirus vaccine is administered primarily over the age of 60.

Pakistan initiated vaccination drive

Pakistan received the first 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine as a gift from China on February 1. Prime Minister Imran Khan then initiated Pakistan’s coronavirus vaccination campaign the following day.

Sindh started vaccinations on February 3.

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