ISLAMABAD: The vaccine rollout is continued across the country despite a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines doses. As many as 18 vaccine centres are inoculating the people in Islamabad, while seven centres have been shut down in the twin city of Rawalpindi, owing to the jabs’ paucity.
Sources revealed on Saturday that 2.249 million doses of vaccines acquired from abroad were still in stock and the government had finalized the agreements for the purchase of 27.5 million more doses.
Health Ministry said the number of doses obtained from abroad had reached 15 million. It revealed that Pakistan acquired 7.5 million doses of SinoPharm and 5.5 million doses of SinoVac. It further informed that Pakistan got one million doses of one-shot CanSino and 1.2 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.
Security men dealing with the public gathered outside the Expo Vaccination Centre in Lahore.
The sources said 100,000 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine reached Pakistan and these were being inoculated to people having a weak immune system and workers and students who intended to go abroad.
According to National Command and Operation Centre, 12.75 million doses had been administered to the people so far. It said that we still had 2.249 million vaccine jabs in stock.
The main vaccination centre at Lahore’s Expo Centre was run out of vaccine doses on Saturday. Long queues were seen outside the centre as people continued to arrive for the vaccination.
The administration later forced the public out of the vaccination centre. INP