A private company in Pakistan will begin receiving shipments of China’s CanSino Biologics COVID-19 vaccine this week for commercial sale, an official at the company’s local partner said on Monday.

Pakistan, one of the first countries in the world to allow private imports of COVID-19 vaccines, has already received a batch of the Russian Sputnik vaccine for commercial sale.

“We expect the first 10,000 doses to come on March 25, and 100,000 next month and 200,000 the month after,” said Hassan Abbas, an official of AJ Pharma, CanSino’s local partner, which will be importing the vaccine.

Today, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) decided to increase restrictions of activities contributing to a sharp increase in the coronavirus positivity rate that has touched almost 9 per cent, said NCOC Chairman Asad Umar in a tweet after a key meeting of the forum.

According to Asad Umar, the provincial and ICT administration were also directed to tighten implementation of SOPs and crackdown on violations which are taking place.


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