A report has surfaced in the local media that the Pakistan authorities have not yet placed any order for the Covid-19 vaccine to treat the outspread of the disease.
According to the Geo News, top federal government health authorities have confirmed that Pakistan has neither placed any final order yet to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine nor has any vaccine manufacturer accepted the country’s request for supply of the vaccine.
Several countries, especially developed nations, have already started vaccinating their frontline workers against COVID-19. But developing countries like Pakistan still struggle to acquire safe and effective vaccines.
In a telephonic interview with the publication, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said: “Although, we are striving hard to get the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest for our frontline workers and others the final order has not yet been placed and accepted (by any vaccine manufacturer).”
He said that so far China’s Sinopharm has submitted its data with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and the health authorities are negotiating with the firm for the supply of vaccines but there was no agreement with them as yet.
“The second vaccine candidate is Cansino, whose trials are currently underway and they are a couple of weeks away from submitting their data to us. We are also interested in Russian vaccine Sputnik V, who have submitted some data but we have sought more data from them,” he informed.
Shedding light upon the acquisition of Western vaccines, the top health official said that negotiations are underway with Astrazeneca’s manufacturer.
“We are trying to get AstraZeneca vaccine both through the Covax facility and through direct procurement,” he added.