Coronavirus vaccine to be available in Pakistan by March 2021: SAPM

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services has announced that the coronavirus vaccine will be available in Pakistan by March 2021.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, while talking to a local news station, said that the government has finalised the procedure for procurement of the vaccine.

Dr Faisal Sultan said under the proposed plan, vaccine will be made available in Pakistan in March 2021, adding that the government was in touch with many different countries for this purpose.

The SAPM said that in order to buy the vaccine, they would see which vaccine is the most beneficial.

“Some aspects of vaccine procurement are a bit difficult to decide,” he said, adding that a government committee will make a final decision on the purchase of the vaccine after considering the views of experts.

Furthermore, he said that the vaccination campaign would be carried out in three phases; vaccine will be provided on an Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) basis.

“In the first phase, medical staff will be vaccinated, while in the second phase, people over the age of 60 will be vaccinated. In the third phase, vaccine would be available to the general public.”

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