Beijing: Today (Monday), a Pakistani Air Force special aircraft with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Islamabad.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi promised in a phone call with Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmoud Guresi that he would provide Pakistan with 500,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by January 31.
Beijing had asked Islamabad to send a plane to obtain the vaccine.
Later, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Hua Chunying had also confirmed that in order to support the brothers and sisters in Pakistan, the Chinese government would provide a batch of vaccines as aid and would actively coordinate with the relevant Chinese enterprise to speed up export of vaccines to Pakistan.
The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), which oversees Pakistan’s coronavirus response, had sent the special aircraft to bring the vaccine that Beijing had promised to provide.
The NCOC has taken necessary steps to store the vaccine in Islamabad and onward supply to various federating units particularly to Sindh and Balochistan through the air.
It has also established a vaccine nerve center with provincial and district level vaccine management and coordination and adult vaccination centers.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China and Pakistan have been working hard to overcome difficulties.
Pakistan has currently approved two foreign anti-COVID vaccines, including the Chinese National Medicine COVID-19 vaccine, for emergency use in the country.
Pakistan plans to provide vaccines to frontline health workers and the elderly in the first phase.