Karachi Expo Center reportedly faces shortage of Chinese vaccines

KARACHI: It has been reported that the largest COVID-19 vaccination center in Karachi Expo Center is facing a shortage of Chinese vaccines.

KARACHI: It has been reported that the largest COVID-19 vaccination center in Karachi Expo Center is facing a shortage of Chinese vaccines.

According to reports, only people above 40 years of age are being administered AstraZeneca shots. Doses of Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Cansino vaccines have been consumed in the largest vaccination center with the capacity of 30,000 jabs per day with 24-hour operation.

According to Expo Center camp officials, only people above 40 years of age are being jabbed, and that with AstraZeneca. As per the officials, the halt in vaccine supply came from federal authorities, as those under 40 were returned disappointed.

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The federal government has revised guidelines for the AstraZeneca vaccine and allowed citizens who are 18 or older to get the vaccine. According to new guidelines issued by the National Ministry of Health, the vaccine shot could be given to the male aged 18 years or above, and the women above 40 years of age.

As per guidelines, people waiting to travel abroad would be given AstraZeneca jab while the government has restricted the use of AstraZeneca vaccine in people below 18 years of age.

On the other hand, free-cost of cost vaccine is being inoculated to the registered masses with the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) portal at private medical facilities in Karachi.

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