India to supply Covid vaccines to Pakistan

New Delhi: Islamabad will be getting 45 million doses of ‘Indian-made’ vaccine under the United GAVI alliance, Federal Secretary National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamir Ashraf Khawaja informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Pakistan.

GAVI, the vaccine alliance, helps vaccinate almost half the world’s children against deadly and debilitating infectious diseases. It has been providing assistance to Pakistan all through the pandemic as well. It had signed an agreement with Pakistan to provide COVID-19 vaccine in September 2020.

Secretary Khawaja said that a total of 45 million doses of vaccine would be received under an agreement with GAVI and out of those, a total 16 million would be received till June this year.

According to Pakistani media reports, while briefing the committee when Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed was questioned about where the vaccine was coming from, the health secretary informed that Pakistan would receive  vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

“It is Indian manufactured vaccine that would be administered to Pakistani nationals under the GAVI alliance that has been aiding developing and lower income nations on the vaccine front,” he had said.

India has supplied vaccines to at least 65 countries so far under three categories – under Covax, in the form of grant (free of cost) and through commercial sales.

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