Federal Minister Asad Umar, who heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), confirmed to a news outlet that the federal government has decided to import the Covid19 vaccine from India.
A formal announcement would be made on March 17.
According to the sources, around 45 million doses will be imported from the neighbouring country under the Gavi vaccine alliance.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is a Geneva-based international organization created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Currently, the alliance is playing an active role in the provision of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Indian media outlet ‘Times Now’ also broke the news on its Twitter handle, saying: “Pakistan to receive 45 million doses of Indian-made Covid19 vaccine under the GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccinations & Immunizations) vaccine alliance.”
According to the local news outlet, 15 million doses will be ordered in the first phase while the remaining 30 million doses will be introduced from July till the end of this year.