Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that government-administered corona virus vaccines would be available to the Pakistani people free of cost.
The Minister of Science and Technology was responding to a question on Twitter.
In another tweet, the science minister said the government would import 1.1 million doses of the corona virus vaccine.
He clarified that when the government imports vaccines, the private sector will also be allowed to do so.
When will Pakistan get this vaccine?
A day earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Noshin Hamid had said that Pakistan was expected to receive the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this month.
According to Radio PakistanDr Hamid said the government was preparing a “prompt ly” to develop a database of all public and private medical workers so that they could be vaccinated in the first instance.
However, the publication does not specify which vaccine and from which country Pakistan will import it.
Chinese synoform vaccine
One week ago, Chaudhry had said that China would buy 1.2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from China’s Sonofram.
“The Cabinet Committee has initially decided to purchase 200,000 doses of the vaccine from the Chinese company Sonoform, which will be provided free of cost to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021,” the science minister said on Twitter.
Last month, China approved a vaccine for Covid 19, a subsidiary of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Cynoform, which is its first approved shot for civilian use.