On Saturday, the first shipment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine arrived in Pakistan.
The first consignment of the AstraZeneca vaccine landed at Islamabad International Airport, according to a Ministry of Health spokesperson. The vaccine would be distributed in 1,248,400 doses in the first shipment.
The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine has been carried under the COVAX factory, according to the spokesperson.
Christian Turner, the British Ambassador to Pakistan, reported on Twitter that 1.2 million doses of the British vaccine had arrived in Pakistan.
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“This pandemic has separated humanity, but it has also brought us closer together. Welcoming the first batch of #COVAX vaccines from @UniofOxford @AstraZeneca in Pakistan; 1.2 million doses for the world’s fifth-largest country.”
This pandemic has kept us apart, but also brought us together. Welcoming the arrival of first batch of #COVAX @UniofOxford @AstraZeneca vaccines in 🇵🇰; 1.2m doses for world’s 5th largest country pic.twitter.com/hIQv8Gg2VY
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) May 8, 2021
According to officials, Pakistan was scheduled to receive the first batch of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine via COVAX in March, but delivery was postponed after the Serum Institute of India (SII) redirected supplies to meet domestic needs.
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Pakistan has now obtained the coronavirus vaccine from South Korea, thanks to its clout among partner organizations.
According to a statement released by the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday, Pakistan has supplied 10.19 million doses of various vaccines (Sinopharm, Sinovac, and CanSino).
The statement read, “1.23 million doses of AstraZeneca got today in Islamabad (this vaccine is procured through the COVAX program).”