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Pakistan to receive 5.6m COVID-19 vaccines doses by end of March

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has said around 5.6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses are expected to arrive in the country by the end of March 2021.

As per the NCOC, out of these, 2.8 million doses of Gavi/COVAX are expected to reach by the first week of March and 2.8 million doses by the second week of March.

NCOC informed that 504,000 Coronavirus vaccine doses were provided to the federating units for inoculation of front line healthcare workers (FLHCWS) since the vaccination process launched simultaneously across the country.

Up to now, the vaccine distribution to provinces included 118,000 Covid vaccine doses to the Punjab where the maximum vaccine doses of 121,000 were given to Sindh, 28,000 doses to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,000 to Balochistan, 15,500 to Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 11,000 to Asad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and 5,000 to Gilgit Baltistan (GB).

It is worth mentioning here that these doses were the double shot SinoPharm vaccine donated by the Peoples Republic of China to Pakistan.

The country had managed to vaccinate 72,882 Front Line Healthcare Workers (FLHCWs) under the national vaccination strategy so far which is being implemented simultaneously across the country.

As many as 17.1 million doses will reach Pakistan by the end of June 2021 which would help in successfully running the national vaccination drive.

However, the registration of citizens over 60 years of age has also been started. Senior citizens can SMS their CNIC numbers in 1166 to get themselves registered for the vaccine.