Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday officially launched its homemade coronavirus vaccine named ‘PakVac’ which it developed with the help of China in order to vaccinate all the people in the country and bring under control the spread of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Special Assistant Health Dr Faisal Sultan revealed that Pakistan is currently attempting to overcome all the current challenges and make them into opportunities with the help of its allies.
“We found our friend China closest to us in overcoming the Covid-19 challenge,” Dr Faisal Sultan said at the launch ceremony. He also added that China provided Pakistan with the raw material for the vaccine, however, still it was not easy to develop it.
Dr Sultan then went on to add how the local mass production of the COVID-19 vaccine will begin in the coming days.
Asad Umar, chief of National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), said that it was a landmark day for Pakistan.
This above-mentioned development came right after the COVID-19 positivity rate fell below 4 per cent in Pakistan for the first time in three months when 1,771 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours. This took the total tally of confirmed cases in the country to 922,824, according to the Ministry of National Health Services.
The COVID-19 vaccination run in the country has also picked up over the past few months, with more than 7.3 million doses have been administered to over 5.3 million people getting the jab, including about 2 million people being fully vaccinated from the virus.