Pakistan to receive first batch of cansino vaccine in bulk to package locally today: Asad Umar

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Islamabad (Web Desk): Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar has said that Pakistan will receive first batch of Chinese CanSino Biologics COVID-19 vaccines in bulk to package three million doses locally.

“First batch of cansino vaccine procured being recieved today. This is the vaccine in which Pakistan participated in phase 3 trials, which was the first time ever that Pakistan had done so for any vaccine,” the minister said in a series of two tweets.

“We will be getting bulk vaccine by mid april from cansino from which 3 million vaccine doses can be made. The bulk vaccine received will be formulated, sterilized and packed in Pakistan. For this purpose special equipment has been procured and manpower is being trained,” the minister added.

Cansino’s vaccine is one of the four approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), the other three being China’s Sinopharm, Russia’s Sputnik-V and the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine.