Pakistan has entered into an agreement to purchase 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer.
Health Minister Faisal Sultan told Reuters that the exact timetable was not yet available, but he said the doses would arrive by the end of 2021 under an agreement the government had with the manufacturer.
Pakistan began a mass vaccination campaign late last month and is now open to all adults.
On May 29, Pakistan received 100,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine through the COVAX facility, but authorities only gave it to people who were immunocompromised and unsuitable for other vaccines.
Nearly 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country of 220 million people so far, with about 3.5 million people fully vaccinated, according to the National Command Operations Center, which oversees the response to the pandemic.
Pakistan has used mainly Chinese vaccines – Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and Sinovac – in its vaccination campaign, and earlier this month it began allowing those under 40 to receive AstraZeneca, which has a limited supply meant for people traveling to countries that require it.
Earlier this month, Pakistan agreed to spend $1.1 billion on the purchase of vaccines, as part of its goal to vaccinate at least 70 million people.
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