China Gifts Pakistan 500,000 Doses Of Its Sinopharm Vaccine - Foreign Minister
Sumaira FH 6 months ago Thu 21st January 2021 | 07:00 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 21st January, 2021) China has sent 500,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine to Pakistan for free and pledged to send 1.1 million more doses by late February, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday.
"Always great to speak to my friend, His Excellency FM Wang Yi. With encouraging results of Chinese vaccine and our historic relationship, Pakistan has approved emergency use authorisation of SinoPharm. Indeed Pakistan greatly appreciates the 500,000 doses of the vaccine gifted by China," Qureshi wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday, Pakistan authorized the emergency use of the AstraZeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine. According to the Pakistani health ministry, the country decided to inoculate its citizens for free and planned to vaccinate 70 percent of the 216-million-strong population by the end of 2021.
According to the latest data from the country's health ministry, more than 527,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Pakistan, over 480,000 people have recovered and the death toll has surpassed 11,100.