China’s support to Pakistan in fight against Covid-19 a reassuring sign of friendship

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Zubair Qureshi

Although many countries have benefited from China’s experience and vaccine against Covid-19 yet to Pakistan it has been a reassuring sign of all-time friendship between the two time-tested friends.

This was stated by Maj Gen Aamer Ikram, Executive Director National Institute of Health (NIH) while speaking at a Public Talk titled ‘China-Pakistan Covid-19 Cooperation’ on Thursday.

China-Pakistan Study Centre (CPSC) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) had hosted the event.

Major General Aamer Ikram who was the Chief Guest on the occasion highlighted the joint efforts undertaken by Chinese and Pakistani medical experts since the outbreak of Coronavirus.

He said China had provided support in multiple ways and had been very dedicated towards assisting Pakistan in these challenging times.

He emphasized that the fight against coronavirus requires commitment and collaboration beyond borders.

Major General Aamer commended the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government bodies for promptly addressing this emergency situation.

Praising China’s role in the fight against coronavirus, he mentioned that the Chinese have done wonders by not only controlling the spread of the virus but also developing the most effective vaccines.

He added that Pakistan has benefited tremendously from Chinese experience and NIH has initiated a number of projects with Chinese counterparts.

He stated that measures have been taken to strengthen Pakistan’s capacity of building vaccines which is very limited at the moment and will save the country millions of dollars on imports.

He said that we must appreciate the role of Pakistani and Chinese government in ensuring vaccines for the people of Pakistan.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Dr Talat Shabbir stated that China had taken decisive and responsible actions to stop the spread of coronavirus and many countries have benefited from Chinese experience.

He added that China’s support to Pakistan in its fight against coronavirus has strengthened the bond between the two countries.

The talk was followed by an interactive session which was moderated by Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Director General ISSI.

Following the interactive session, Ambassador Khalid Mahm-ood, Chairman BoG ISSI, presented ISSI’s memento to the Chief Guest.