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Pakistan to start coronavirus vaccination from Feb 3

ISLAMABAD: The federal government will launch the COVID-19 vaccination programme across the nation from 3rd February.

In this regard, Provincial Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid said that the vaccination drive will begin simultaneously across Pakistan. “China has gifted vaccine to Pakistan and the government has discussed the matter with all provinces,” Punjab’s health minister said.

“It is misinformation that Sindh has imported coronavirus vaccine and vaccination being started in the province,” Rashid said. Hundreds of vaccination centres in the country will be administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, China has pledged to donate 500,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by the Chinese firm SinoPharm to Pakistan.

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Moreover, the Sindh government, last week also announced to launch of the coronavirus vaccination programme next week in ten districts of the province. It also unveiled a detailed phase-wise plan to inoculate people, beginning with 170,000 frontline health workers.   

On the other hand, Chief Minister of Punjab will launch coronavirus vaccination drive in the province from Wednesday. Pakistan has also secured 17 million vaccine doses with Covax vaccine alliance for its population and more vaccine shots will reach the country by the end of February.