Pakistan aims to vaccinate 70m people this year

Islamabad (HRNW) Pakistan has signed deals for the procurement of 30 million coronavirus vaccines in the first half of 2021, Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said.

In a media briefing on Monday, he said that the government’s goal is to vaccinate 70 million people by the end of this year. “The population eligible for getting vaccinated in Pakistan is 100 million.”

These are the people above the age of 18. According to Sultan, people below this age can’t get vaccinated. Coronavirus vaccination in the country began on January 1, 2021 but the process to procure the vaccines began last year.

In June 2020, the Economic Coordination Committee approved $150 million for the vaccines. “This was back when there were no vaccines introduced or approved,” Sultan said.

The government started its negotiations for the vaccines in July 2020 and is still doing its best to get as many vaccines.


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