Pakistan is receiving 15 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the COVAX scheme, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday.
Qureshi took to Twitter to announce the development after his meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
“Following my meeting with Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas, I am pleased to announce that Pakistan will receive 15 million doses of the #COVID vaccine under COVAX with a commitment that these will be delivered in May,” FM Qureshi said in a tweet.
FM Qureshi is in Berlin with a delegation on a two-day official visit to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations with Germany.
The development comes as there were reports of a delayed delivery of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan as India had diverted supplies to meet its domestic needs, with the third wave of the virus leading to an increase in coronavirus cases worldwide.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) – which supplies vaccine doses to the COVAX program – diverted its supplies to meet India’s needs, officials had said. the news.
Meanwhile, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has given another Chinese vaccine, CoronaVac, according to a DRAP official (EUA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
This would be the fifth coronavirus vaccine and the third Chinese vaccine used in Pakistan.
Two Chinese and one Russian vaccine are used in the public and private sectors.
“DRAP’s registration board allowed the vaccine as we desperately need vaccines in Pakistan,” a DRAP official had said.
FM Qureshi has welcomed the plans for new German investments in Pakistan and highlighted the country’s shift in policy from geo-politics to geo-economy could prove to be a “great opportunity for German companies”.
FM Qureshi said Pakistan wanted to “deepen, expand and transform” its economic relations with Germany.
Yesterday, the Pakistani Ambassador to Germany received Dr Muhammad Faisal and senior officials from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior embassy officials Qureshi at the airport.
FM Qureshi said at Berlin airport that he will hold meetings with business people and community leaders. He said over 100,000 Pakistanis live in Germany and play a very positive role.