Islamabad: Two planes of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China, landed in Islamabad today (Thursday).
The PIA aircrafts were being operated by the Government of Pakistan and the Ministry of Health in a bid to accelerate the delivery of vaccines to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
According to sources, the third flight is expected to land at 12:00 midnight.
Pakistan has reported 151 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours due to a surge in positive cases to 815,711. The total number of deaths across the country jumped to 17,680.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), 5,480 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
Punjab remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic both in terms of cases as well as deaths followed by Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
Till now 298,818 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 281,385 in Sindh, 116,523 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 22,118 in Balochistan, 74,640 in Islamabad, 16,931 in Azad Kashmir and 5,296 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
Furthermore, 8,327 individuals have lost their lives to the epidemic in Punjab, 4,629 in Sindh, 3,238 in KP, 233 in Balochistan, 677 in Islamabad, 470 in Azad Kashmir and 106 in GB.
Pakistan has so far conducted 11,739,027 coronavirus tests and 57,013 in the last 24 hours. 708,193 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas 5,263 patients are in critical condition.