Pakistan likely to get 17 million AstraZeneca vaccines by mid ’21: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Asad Umar, on Saturday broke the good news that COVAX has indicated a supply of up to 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for Pakistan in the first half of 2021.

“Good news on COVID vaccine front. Received a letter from COVAX of [an] indicative supply of up to 17 million doses of AstraZeneca in 1st half 2021,” Umar, who is also the head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), said in a tweet.

According to the planning minister, six million of the total 17 million doses will be received by March with delivery starting in February. He did not specify any dates.

“We signed with COVAX nearly eight months back to ensure availability,” he added.

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Abdullah Zahid

Abdullah Zahid is TPD's correspondent in Karachi. He reports on Pakistani political affairs.

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