January 17, 2021: Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar says the government has approved purchasing of coronavirus vaccine and it would be available in March.
In an interview with a private television channel, he said the government has given approval of “AstraZeneca”, vaccine while discussion with a Chinese company, “Sinopharm” is also under progress.
Asad Umar said the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has given green signal for importing the vaccine to protect the masses from corona virus.
He said priority would be given in provision of vaccine to health workers and the people falling between 60 to 65 year of age.
He said around three hundred thousand healthcare workers have been imparted training for anti-corona vaccination.
In reply to a question, the Minister said private sector can import the vaccine after following the necessary procedure.