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Another batch of Sinopharm vaccine arrives

Staff Reporter

Another batch of 700,000 doses of Si-nopharm’s anti-Covid vaccine reached Pakistan on Tuesday, with the second consignment of 600,000 doses scheduled to arrive later in the day.

According to health ministry officials, two million doses of Sinopharm will ar-rive in Pakistan in three batches.

Earlier, 2.5 million doses of the Mod-erna vaccine, do-nated to Pakistan by the US government, arrived earlier in July.

Statistics from the National Command and Operations Cen-tre (NCOC) show that 4.5 million peo-ple have been vacci-nated all over Paki-stan, with 22.7 mil-lion doses of various vaccines adminis-tered. The positivity rate on Tuesday remained 5.25% with 37 deaths in the country.

Other than the Chi-nese vaccine, the government had also approved Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines.

The Rus-sian-made Sputnik vaccine was also im-ported by the private sector for its use in the country.

The government ex-pects more doses of the AstraZeneca vac-cine this month.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has reported 37 more deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 993,872. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 22,848 on Tuesday.

According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 2,145 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.