Pakistan has started preparations on Saturday to formulate its own COVID-19 vaccine after the initiative is being launched by the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore.
A presentation during this regard was given by the UVAS officials to Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar today, who agreed to allocate a fund of Rs100 million for the preparation of the COVID vaccine.
“We have sought a fundamental quantity of six months to arrange the vaccine,” the Director of the UVAS, Prof. Dr. Tahir Yaqub said adding that they had all the mandatory arrangements needed for its preparation.
He said that just in case of any progress in vaccine development, they’d make an announcement within a month.
The country has currently given nod to British, Chinese, and Russian vaccines to be imported so as to induce its population vaccinated against the deadly infection.
In the first phase, the country allowed health professionals to receive COVID jabs, followed by people aged up to sixty years and later people aged 50 years. The vaccination administered by the govt is free of cost and follows a procedure laid down by the NCOC, which involves registration through NIC number.
Meanwhile, the govt. has given permission to provinces and private firms to import COVID-19 vaccines, on the premise of which the private hospitals and pharma firms have also begun the vaccination process at their centers, receiving charges set by the authorities.