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COVID-19: China will actively work to expedite vaccine supply to Pakistan

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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying. File photographChina says it can actively coordinate with Chinese firms to hurry up export of vaccines to PakistanHua Chunying says China and Pakistan have been working collectively to beat difficulties because the outbreak of pandemicFM Qureshi had mentioned that Pakistan is predicted to obtain first cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine from China by Jan 31BEIJING:  China introduced on Friday that it’s going to present Pakistan a “batch” of coronavirus vaccine as support. “In order to support our brothers and sisters in Pakistan, the Chinese government has decided to provide a batch of vaccines as aid and will actively coordinate with the relevant Chinese enterprise to speed up export of vaccines to Pakistan,” mentioned Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying throughout a briefing on Friday.The spokesperson shared that the Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi had knowledgeable Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the choice made by the Chinese authorities.Hua mentioned Islamabad and Beijing are “all-weather strategic cooperative partner”. She added that each nations additionally had a “fine tradition of mutual support and assistance”.“One can always count on a ready helping hand from the other in times of need,” mentioned the Chinese official. She mentioned that China and Pakistan have been working collectively to beat difficulties because the outbreak of the pandemic.The spokesperson additionally reminded the reporters that this 12 months each the nations will likely be observing the 70th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic ties.“As the two foreign ministers said in the phone call, our time-tested rock solid friendship has become the most valuable strategic asset to both sides. No matter how the international landscape evolves, China-Pakistan friendly cooperation will continue moving forward,” mentioned Hua.Pakistan to get first cargo of Chinese vaccine by Jan 31On Thursday, the international minister had mentioned that Pakistan is predicted to obtain the primary cargo of the COVID-19 vaccine from China by January 31, 2021.”Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi instructed a media briefing within the federal capital, praising the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for doing a “great job during the pandemic”.”I had a lengthy discussion and spoke of Pakistan’s requirements. Then, Prime Minister Imran Khan advised me to engage in further interaction with them [China] keeping in mind the sensitive situation, time, and Pakistan’s requirements.”I’m glad to let you know that I had a telephonic dialog with Chinese international minister. I want to give this completely happy information to the nation that China has promised that, God-willing, it can ship Pakistan 500,000 doses of the [coronavirus] vaccine by January 31,” he said, adding that it was an act of “good religion” and that Beijing planned to send more by February 2021.Pakistan needs ‘additional 1.1m doses’The foreign minister lauded the COVID-19 patients for their courage in the fight against the deadly virus. “Pakistan efficiently fought the coronavirus [pandemic],” he added.China, Qureshi added, directed Pakistan to “ship them our airplane and airlift the vaccine; that is excellent news, a optimistic growth”. He said he expressed gratitude to Beijing and “knowledgeable them that our necessities are greater than that [500,000 doses]; we’d like an extra 1.1 million doses”.

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