Pakistan to get 10 million doses of vaccine under Covax scheme

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

03rd Mar, 2021. 11:23 am
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Pakistan, Indonesia, and Nigeria will be among the biggest recipients of free Covid-19 vaccines before June — more than 10 million doses each — the Covax scheme announced.

According to the details, some 238.2 million doses will be distributed around the world by the end of May through the programme aimed at boosting access to coronavirus jabs in poorer nations.

The Covax scheme, aimed to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, outlined plans to deliver to 142 countries and territories by May 31, in its first wave of distribution.

The five biggest confirmed recipients are Pakistan (14,640,000 doses), Nigeria (13,656,000), Indonesia (11,704,800), Bangladesh (10,908,000) and Brazil (9,122,400). These countries are followed by Ethiopia (7,620,000), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (5,928,000), Mexico (5,532,000), Egypt (4,389,600) and Vietnam (4,176,000). Iran, Myanmar, Kenya and Uganda are also in line for more than three million doses each.

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is meanwhile set to receive the smallest number of doses at 4,800, followed by Nauru and Monaco with 7,200 each.

Covax is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi vaccine alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

Seventy-five people died of coronavirus and 1,388 new cases were reported across the country during the last twenty-four hours. According to latest statistics, 554,225 patients have so far recovered from the disease.

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