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14 Covid-19 vaccination centers established across the Sindh province

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Nine Covid-19 vaccination centers have been established in Karachi, out of the total fourteen centers spread around the Sindh province, as decided by its government. Two vaccination centers each have been set up in Central, South, and East districts. Whereas, one center has been set up in West, Korangi, and Malir, respectively.

Besides Karachi, other districts of the province where the centers have been set up include Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkar, and Larkana.

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Yesterday, a comprehensive Covid-19 vaccination plan was revealed by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC). Asad Umar, the Minister for Planning and Development took to Twitter to announce that the process of vaccine administration will begin next week, and the frontline workers will be the first ones to get the vaccine.

He wrote “The system for vaccination is in place. Hundreds of vaccination centers in the country will be administering the covid vaccine. InshaAllah the vaccination of frontline workers will start next week.”

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Last week, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced that China will provide half a million doses of its Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine as a gift to Pakistan by the end of this month.

“Always great to speak to my friend, His Excellency FM Wang Yi… Pakistan greatly appreciates the 500,000 doses of the vaccine gifted by China,” he said in a tweet.

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Qureshi added that China has played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s fight against COVID-19 with “technical assistance and medical expertise.”

In a separate statement, the foreign minister said his Chinese counterpart has assured that another 1.1 million doses will arrive in Pakistan in February.

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The country’s drug regulatory authority has also approved the Chinese vaccine for emergency use, two days after the vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca received a similar authorization.

Pakistan has been engaging with a number of vaccine makers, according to the adviser of health Faisal Sultan. The federal government has also allowed the private sector and the provinces to procure vaccines on their own, subject to relevant approvals.

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