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China to ship 0.5m doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan ‘in good religion’: Qureshi

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaks to the media right here in Islamabad, Pakistan, January 21, 2021. Geo News/through The NewsFM Shah Mehmood Qureshi praises NCOC for doing a “great job during the pandemic”, lauds COVID-19 sufferers for bravenessQureshi says “Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine”Adds that China promised to ship Pakistan 500,000 doses “in good faith”ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated Thursday China would ship the primary cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan by January 31, 2021, in what he termed was “good faith”.Speaking to reporters right here within the federal capital, Qureshi stated: “Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine.”I had a prolonged dialogue and spoke of Pakistan’s necessities. Then, Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested me to have interaction in additional interplay with them [China] retaining in thoughts the delicate scenario, time, and Pakistan’s necessities.”I’m glad to tell you that I had a telephonic conversation with Chinese foreign minister. I wish to give this happy news to the nation that China has promised that, God-willing, it will send Pakistan 500,000 doses of the [coronavirus] vaccine by January 31,” he stated, including that it was an act of “good faith” and that Beijing deliberate to ship extra by February 2021.Pakistan wants ‘further 1.1m doses’The international minister praised the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for doing a “great job during the pandemic” and lauded the COVID-19 sufferers for his or her braveness within the combat towards the lethal virus.”Pakistan successfully fought the coronavirus [pandemic],” he added.China, Qureshi added, directed Pakistan to “send them our plane and airlift the vaccine; this is good news, a positive development”. He expressed gratitude to Beijing, he stated, and “informed them that our requirements are more than that [500,000 doses]; we need an additional 1.1 million doses”.China stated the primary nation it thought to help was Pakistan contemplating that the COVID-19 vaccines have been designated as “global public good”, that it had vowed cooperation with complete world, and that Beijing-Islamabad had an “all-weather strategic relationship”, he underscored.The CanSino Biologics trialsQureshi stated he and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, spoke of the continued CanSino Biologics trials, which “are progressing here with quite encouraging results”.”We also exchanged thoughts on collaboratively manufacturing and producing vaccine in Pakistan once the CanSinoBIO trials are successful and they indicated their willingness towards it.”I’m additionally completely satisfied to focus on that this batch [of coronavirus vaccine] is a part of China’s ‘grant help’ and they don’t seem to be charging us for it.”

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