Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Parliamentary Secretary National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) has said that four to five international companies are in touch for coronavirus vaccine, the government will order Covid-19 vaccine by the end of this month and provide free vaccine to citizens irrespective of the cost.
Talking in Dunya News program “Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath”, she said that some vaccines will be received by Pakistan in early January. Whatever the cost, the government will provide free vaccines to citizens.
She said that cheap vaccines would be available from 186 countries platform COVAX. Pakistan will also buy vaccines from the COVAX platform. The whole world is booking vaccines, we are also in touch with everyone.
Dr. Nausheen Hamid said that orders are being placed keeping in view the availability and number of vaccines.
Pfizer has ordered the vaccine to be delivered in minus 80 degree containers. She said that 4,000 Pakistani volunteers have been involved in the Chinese vaccine trial. Antibodies will be tested 6 weeks after the Chinese vaccine trial. Some blood samples will also sent to China after the vaccine trial. The trial results of the Chinese vaccine are showing good signs.
She said talks were underway with three companies to buy the vaccine, $100 million has been approved for the purchase of the vaccine. The COVAX platform will provide vaccine to 20% of the country s population.