China promises to gift 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to Pakistan by Jan 31: FM

News Desk

China has promised to provide 0.5 million doses of a Covid19 vaccine to Pakistan by January 31, the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said.

After a phone call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said in a video message that China offered Islamabad to send an airplane and airlift the vaccines. He said he held a detailed conversation with his Chinese counterpart in which he discussed Pakistan’s requirements, after Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed him to increase interaction with Beijing considering the sensitivity of the situation.

The Foreign Minister has said that he want to give the nation the good news that China has promised to immediately provide 500,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan by January 31. He said that China offered Pakistan to send an airplane and immediately airlift the vaccine.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi suggested in a statement on social networking website Twitter that the doses to be provided to Pakistan will be of the Sinopharm vaccine, which the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) had approved for emergency use in the country earlier this week.

FM Qureshi wrote, “With encouraging results of Chinese vaccine and our historic relationship, Pakistan has approved emergency use authorisation of SinoPharm. Indeed Pakistan greatly appreciates the 500,000 doses of the vaccine gifted by China.”