Pakistan to start local production of single-dose virus vaccine CanSino Bio, says minister

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from an elderly man at a COVID-19 testing facility at a hospital in Peshawar on Monday. AP

Tariq Butt, Correspondent

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan on Monday announced that Pakistan will become largely self-sufficient in meeting its COVID-19 vaccine needs as it will begin producing the single-dose CanSino Bio vaccine locally.

In a media briefing, Dr Faisal said that due to the agreement on technology transfer, the National Institute of Health (NIH), will be able to produce three million doses per month which will significantly reduce the country’s dependence on other countries. Dr Sultan also said that 19 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be received by Pakistan by coming June.

He told the reporters that the government has so far signed deals for procuring 30 million coronavirus more...