BEIJING: China has announced a free batch of corona vaccine to Pakistan, saying the two countries have been working together for a long time to control the epidemic.
According to the International News Agency, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in response to a question during a media briefing that the Chinese government has decided to provide a consignment of the Covid 19 vaccine as a gift to its Pakistani brothers and sisters. ۔
Hua Juning added that they are developing a fast-track plan to export the corona vaccine to Pakistan, but did not say how much of the vaccine will be sent or what the vaccine will be.
Yesterday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart in this regard, after which the Pakistani Foreign Minister announced that China would supply 500,000 doses of corona vaccine to Pakistan by January 31. Promised to give as a gift.
In his tweet, Shah Mehmood Qureshi had expressed the possibility that the corona vaccine supplied to Pakistan would be from the Chinese company Sino Farm. Last month, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) also approved the cyanobacteria corona vaccine for emergency use in the country.
It may be recalled that at the end of last year, a special cabinet committee headed by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar had decided to procure 1.1 million doses of the vaccine from Sinoform.
It may be recalled that trials of the last phase of vaccines developed by China National Biotech Group (CNBG) and Synovac Biotech Limited are still underway in Pakistan.
Following China’s corona, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) last week approved a corona vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.