Pakistan successfully produces first-ever COVID vaccine – Read here the name of the vaccine and other details
In a major achievement, the state-run National Institute of Health has locally produced the first batch of China’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine Cansino.
According to NIH, the first batch of China’s single-dose CanSino COVID-19 vaccine would be available for administration to the citizens by the end of this month.
A total of 124,000 CanSino jabs have been developed with China’s support and they would be rolled out in local packaging. The locally-made Covid-19 Chinese vaccine was given PakVac name.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan took to Twitter and made the announcement on Monday.
Dr Sultan congratulated the National Institute of Health for the achievement, adding that the move will step up the country’s vaccine supply. He added that the finished vaccine — named PakVac — has passed rigorous internal quality control checks and testing.
“Congratulations to the NIH Pak team and its leadership for successful fill/finish (from concentrate) of the Cansino vaccine with the help of Cansino Bio Inc. China. The product has passed rigorous internal QA testing. An imp step to help in our vaccine supply line,” wrote Dr Sultan.
Pakistan has so far received over 13 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines comprising of Sinopharm, Sinovac and CanSino procured from China including others through the COVAX programme.
Pakistan is already vaccinating its population of over 30 years and older citizens. The government had planned to vaccinate 70 million population by the end of the year 2021.