Pakistan will purchase 1.2 million doses of COVID vaccines from China’s Sinopharm, a pharmaceutical giant of the country. Earlier this month, Pakistan had approved $150 million in funding to buy COVID-19 vaccines.
The news was confirmed by Pakistani Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Twitter. He wrote, “The Cabinet Committee has decided to initially purchase 1.2 million doses of the vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm, which will be provided free of cost to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.”
He also added that if the private sector wants to import any other internationally-approved vaccine, it can do so.
Currently the country is in an economic turmoil. Its 220 million population is in the midst of a second wave of infections, with 58 deaths on Wednesday taking its death count past 10,000. It also reported 2,475 new infections, taking the total to 479,715.