Pakistan launches locally-developed PakVac vaccine at a ceremony in Islamabad

Pakistan launches locally-developed PakVac vaccine at a ceremony in Islamabad

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Pakistan on Tuesday launched the coronavirus vaccine developed in the country with Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, saying the country will soon be able to start the production of the important drug.

Faisal said in a speech at the launching ceremony that this is an opportunity in every difficulty. He also added that during the pandemic, China stood out as a friend of Pakistan.

“China was already a friend and came forward when coronavirus [hit Pakistan],” said Dr Sultan. He also lauded the National Institute of Health (NIH) for developing the vaccine.

Developing vaccines from raw materials is not easy. [We] are proud of the people who developed the vaccine at the NIH,” said Dr. Sudan.

At the same time, Assad Omar, head of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), said that today is an “important day.”

Umar also spoke about the coronavirus situation of the country and said that the number of patients in hospitals was higher in the third wave compared to the first wave. He added that the number of patients on oxygen support was 60% more than it was during the first wave.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong, in his address, said that the vaccine’s production is an example of the friendship between the two countries. He added that Pakistan is the first country that accepted the Chinese vaccine as a gift.

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