Minister for Health and Population Welfare, Sindh, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho Monday met with Consul General of the United States of America, Mark Stroh.
COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by WHO and other organizations.
It is through this alliance that representatives of the US Embassy along with Mr. Stroh presented the Sindh Health Department with 320,580 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Dr. Azra also gave details regarding the ways in which the Sindh Health Department was leading the vaccination drive across the province. In the face of myths and hesitation the government formed initiatives to overcome this.
As of now there are implementations in place to monitor transport, hotels, industries, banks and schools so as to ensure that those who manage and use these services are all vaccinated.
The corporate sector, such as JS Bank and HBL had collaborated with the Sindh Health Department to open vaccination centers across the city, such as the Drive Thru Vaccination Center at the National Stadium in partnership with HBL.
There are however geographical obstacles as some of the population does reside in remote and difficult to access areas, alongside there being rumors of conspiracy theories surrounding covid as well as its vaccine.
Dr. Azra also mentioned that due to several developed countries adding Pakistan to the red list, life had become especially difficult for the Pakistani diaspora not being able to meet their families for long periods of time, or return to their countries after visiting Pakistan.
Receiving these vaccines has been a great boost for the province, especially as the Pfizer vaccine is particularly beneficial for younger receivers of the vaccine, pregnant women and those with comorbidities.