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Pakistan approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

 International Desk

 Published: 05:28 PM, 17 January 2021  

Photo: Collected

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Pakistan’s planning minister Asad Umar on Sunday said that the country’s drug regulatory authority has approved the use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, reports AP.

In addition, the government of Pakistan is trying to make it available by the first quarter of the year, the Minister added.

The vaccine will be administered to health workers and those aged 65 and above in the first phase, said the planning minister, also the head of the national agency for COVID-19.

The Chinese company CanSino is also holding clinical trials in Pakistan and hoped its vaccine would also be registered next month, he added.

He said Pakistan will get the vaccines through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, or GAVI, and other alternative international sources.

Meanwhile, the AstraZeneca vaccine is being prepared in India, which has strained relations with rival Pakistan and says it will prioritize its own population.