Pakistan reaches agreement with Pfizer for 13m vaccine doses.

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has signed an agreement with Pfizer-BioNTech for supplying 13 million doses of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said.

While the exact timeline is not available, it is expected that the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine would arrive in July while the remaining would be provided by the end of 2021.

Pakistan received 100,000 doses of the mRNA last month, under the COVAX facility, which is being administered to people who are immunocompromised and not suitable for other vaccines.

Nearly 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country so far, with about 3.5 million people fully vaccinated, according to the data issued by the National Command Operation Center (NCOC).

Pakistan has primarily used Chinese vaccines – Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and Sinovac – in its inoculation drive and earlier this month began allowing those under 40 to receive AstraZeneca, of which it has a limited supply meant for people traveling to countries that require it.

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