According to the Russian satellite news agency on December 9, Pakistan’s Dawn quoted Dr. Faisal Sultan, the country’s adviser to the Prime Minister, as saying that Islamabad is negotiating with China and Russia on the supply of a coronavirus vaccine.
“After setting priorities, we are negotiating with China, Russia and other countries about vaccine supply,” he said.
Previously, the Pakistani government allocated $150 million to buy vaccines. The country’s mass vaccination efforts should begin in the second quarter of 2021 and will be conducted free of charge.
The newspaper pointed out that the epidemic situation in Pakistan is still serious. With a population of 220 million, 420,294 infections and 8,398 deaths, the country has conducted 5.8 million tests for COVID-19.