Pakistan allocates $100m to purchase Covid-19 vaccine

Clay Curtis
November 20, 2020

Speaking at an event on "Shifting Healthcare Paradigm During and Post-Covid", the Health Minister stressed the importance of following safety protocols, and said that vaccine distribution will be rolled out with a scientific and systematic approach.

At this time of coronavirus when researchers are busy developing a vaccine for the deadly disease, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said he was confident that the COVID-19 vaccine would be ready in the next three-four months.

Sao Paulo authorities have not estimated the timing for distribution.

Spelling out the prioritization details for the vaccine, Vardhan said the government will be "prioritising people according to their age and medical condition" and that preparations are being done with that in mind.

Approval of Coronavac will not be concluded before December 21 and could take until the first week of January, Anvisa manager for inspections Ronaldo Gomes told reporters on Wednesday.

The urgency of getting vaccines delivered to people promptly after they are received stems in part from the demanding storage requirements of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which needs to be kept at around -75 degrees Celsius. He also reiterated that India will procure upto 500 million doses of vaccines by July 2021. As you know the healthcare workers who are corona warriors will be prioritized, then people who are above 65 years of age, they have been prioritized and then those from 50-65 years of age have been prioritized. Because we are a country of 135 crore people.

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Nationally 15,000 volunteers will be needed to take part in the study, as the number of people who have signed up to the NHS Vaccine Registry reaches over 300,000.

"It's quite different from what we would normally experience with, say, the flu vaccine", he said, adding that details of the "twin track" strategy were under active discussion.

He also hoped that 2021 to be a better year than 2020 for everyone.

Pfizer has promised to deliver 10 million of the 40 million doses ordered by the United Kingdom by the end of this year, with hopes of results soon from trials of vaccines being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. For example, the Oxford vaccine developed by SII requires storage at 2-8 degree celsius.

Bharat Biotech Ltd and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) began phase-III trials of Covaxin.

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