COVID Watch | 2nd February 2021

Pakistan will begin vaccinating registered frontline healthcare workers in the next few days following the arrival of half-a-million Sinopharm vaccine vials on Monday. Sindh is set to receive 83,000 doses of the COVID-19 drug while it has registered some 170,000 healthcare workers for inoculation. A team from NCOC surveying nine vaccination centers set up in Karachi expressed its satisfaction of the facilities.

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Vaccination to begin in next few days

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, and National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) head Asad Umar announces Pakistan will begin vaccinating registered frontline healthcare workers in the next few days, following the arrival of half-a-million Sinopharm vaccine vials on Monday, January 1.

While the federal government’s distribution plan to the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been so far kept confidential, Sindh is confirmed to receive 83,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The province will commence the vaccination drive following an inauguration at the Chief Minister’s House on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a NCOC team surveying nine vaccination centers set up in Karachi expressed its satisfaction of all facilities. Sindh has so far registered 170,000 frontline healthcare workers for inoculation, and is expected to deliver a total of 450 doses daily in Karachi.

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