China has agreed to provide Pakistan with a coronavirus vaccine. The latter will test the vaccine. If it proves effective, it will ensure its most vulnerable people-the elderly, health care workers and people with severe hepatitis B related diseases . According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, COVID-19 has been vaccinated.
According to the publication, government officials said that once these supplies are proven to be effective and safe, nearly one-fifth of the country’s population will be vaccinated under the agreement.
The Wall Street Journal stated that this is one of the first agreements between China and any country to test its coronavirus vaccine in its foreign population.
Officials also said that Pakistan is still negotiating with a second Chinese company to test its vaccine in Pakistan.
The publication reported that the state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (commonly known as Sinopharm Group) has conducted trials in Pakistan in cooperation with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences of Karachi University.
“Pakistan would get the vaccine on a priority basis,” an official involved in forging the agreement told the Wall Street Journal. However, the official clarified that the financial terms of the deal are yet to be finalised.
The newspaper reported that Pakistan will conduct the first phase test of the vaccine and then quickly enter the final third phase test. Thousands of volunteers will be needed in the final stage.
According to the newspaper, China has developed three coronavirus vaccines and they are in phase three trials. They all rely on traditional inactive virus technology.
Chinese companies are also conducting final trials in other countries/regions hit by COVID-19, such as the United Arab Emirates and Brazil.
Competition for coronavirus vaccines has surged in recent weeks, and Western countries have also pushed their vaccines to the final testing stage. Oxford University and Moderna Inc. of the United States are currently developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
Although Pakistan lifted the coronavirus lockdown a few days ago, government officials have urged the masses to implement the COVID-19 SOP and preventive measures to stop the second wave of the virus.
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) announced last week that it will further relax the coronavirus lockdown. As markets, shopping malls, cinemas, dining restaurants, salons, stadiums, restaurants and other businesses have reopened nationwide in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta cities.