Pakistan to receive AstraZeneca Vaccine for free

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Pakistan will get the coronavirus vaccine AstraZeneca for free in the coming days, sources said Wednesday, with the government approving the vaccine’s rollout.

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s fifth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212.2 million, and has the world’s second-largest Muslim population.

The federal government, according to sources, has approved the inoculation SOPs forAstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine after a nod from the National Expert Committee.

As per the standard operating procedures, two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered with a 12-week gap, while it will be stored at a temperature of 2-8 degree Celsius.

According to the issued guidelines, the vaccine will be administered to people over the age of 18 while those suffering from fever won’t be able to receive the jab.

Those who receive the jab may experience slight body pain, said the guidelines, allaying concerns that the vaccine will be safe for pregnant and lactating women.

It is pertinent to mention here that the World Health Organisation has given approval for the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.

Earlier, it was announnced that Pakistan, Nigeria, and Indonesia would be among the biggest recipients of free COVID-19 vaccines as part of the COVAX scheme before June — with each country getting more than 10 million doses each. 

Some 238.2 million doses would be distributed around the world by the end of May through the programme, which is aimed at boosting access to coronavirus jabs in poorer nations.



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