Pakistan received another consignment of the Sinopharm vaccine for coronavirus on Saturday, the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination said.

According to officials, the consignment comprised 528,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, whereas a consignment of 792,000 jabs of the vaccine had been received a day before.

Another consignment of 680,000 doses will arrive on Sunday (today).

“A total of two million doses will have been procured by Pakistan by Sunday,” officials added.

They said the doses would be distributed among the provinces according to their requirement.

Pakistan has been facing shortage of coronavirus vaccines, with Karachi having the worst situation.

The Sindh health department officials said vaccine reserves have been exhausted at Dow Ojha Hospital, and Sindh Government Children Hospital, while supplies to inoculation centres at New Karachi, Liaquatabad, and Lyari have been suspended.

Earlier this week, Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination officials said that the federal government aims to procure more than 30 million more vaccine doses in August.

They said the vaccines are being purchased to keep the inoculation process on as the country battles the fourth COVID-19 wave.

On Monday, Pakistan achieved the one million daily vaccination mark.


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