Pakistan kicks off Covid-19 vaccination campaign with Chinese Sinopharm

Islamabad, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- Pakistan kicked off its Covid-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday in a televised ceremony in which Prime Minister Imran Khan oversaw the first vaccine from China’s Sinopharm administered to a health worker in Islamabad.

Khan, in his address, thanked China for the vaccine, and stressed that the vaccine would be first administered to health workers and then to the elderly.

Moreover, the prime minister urged all health workers to get inoculated given that they were at the frontline in the war against the novel coronavirus.

“First the frontline health workers who work with Covid patients will be vaccinated and then will be administered to the age group which is more vulnerable to (the) corona(virus),” Khan said.

The prime minister further underlined that their country was less affected by the deadly virus compared to other countries saying “if Allah has blessed Pakistan, we should be grateful for that.”

“The more you abide by coronavirus safety measures, the easier it will be to protect everyone from the virus,” he reiterated.

On Monday, the first batch of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which are a gift from China, reached Pakistan from Beijing via a special Pakistan Air Force aircraft.

Asad Umar, head of the center monitoring the coronavirus situation in the country, said on Twitter that following Tuesday’s launch of the campaign in the capital, the vaccination drive would kick off in all provinces on Wednesday.

Recently, the country’s health ministry revealed in a statement that Pakistan had also secured 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, of which 6-6.8 million doses will be available within the first quarter and the remaining in the second quarter of 2021.

Since the first cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in February last year, Pakistan has so far confirmed more than 547,648 Covid-19 infections and 11,746 deaths. EFE-EPA


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