Punjab’s Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, while talking to a private news channel, has said that the government is in talks with Chinese pharmaceutical company CanSino Biologics Inc (CanSinoBIO) to import COVID-19 vaccines.
She said: “We are in negotiations with CanSino and probably, we will be importing our own vaccine. The government of Pakistan has allocated $150,000 million just for the purchase of vaccine.”
”Pakistan had approved the Chinese vaccination in February for emergency use. CanSino is a single-dose vaccine,” she further added.
She also said that Pakistan will soon receive 45 million jabs of the COVID-19 vaccine under the COVAX scheme. By June, Pakistan will receive more than 10 million doses.
While talking about the vaccination drive in the province, Dr Yasmin Rashid said that the government of Punjab has set up 116 vaccination centres and till now, 150,000 healthcare workers have been inoculated.
“It is very important to vaccinate the elderly people. In every district, our quarantine centers have been converted into vaccination centers,” said said.