KARACHI: As part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Pakistan licensed two Chinese vaccinations — Sinopharm and Sinovac — for children under the age of 12.
More than 5.5 million immunizations have been delivered to children aged 12 to 18 in the country thus far.
Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac have been approved by NCOC Health Expert Committee for administration to children above 12 years of age from 15 November onwards. Now, these vaccines will also be available in addition to already approved Pfizer for children above 12 yrs.
— NCOC (@OfficialNcoc) November 11, 2021
In a tweet, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) stated the forum’s expert committee has approved providing the vaccinations to the age range from November 15 onwards, in addition to Pfizer.
In a related event, NCOC chairman Asad Umar stated that more over half of pupils aged 12 to 18 have received at least one dosage of the vaccine.
“So far, more than 5.5 million pupils have been immunized. With 68 percent of the vote, the United Kingdom is in first place, followed by Punjab “Umar, who is also the federal minister for planning, development, and special projects, stated the figure was 62 percent.
Over 46 million individuals have been fully immunized in Pakistan, while 76 million have been partly vaccinated. Inoculations have surpassed 116 million people in the country.
According to the NCOC, the forum was informed at today’s morning session that 1.7 million people were vaccinated on November 9, the biggest number of vaccines ever given in a single day.
The conference applauded the achievement of vaccinating 50% of the country’s eligible population with at least one dose of the vaccine, with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa becoming the second province after Punjab to accomplish so.
The NCOC praised the mass immunization effort, notably the “Reach Every Door” campaign, as well as the teams who worked on it.
Meanwhile, according to NCOC’s daily statistics, the country has reported 637 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths in the previous 24 hours.
According to the NCOC website, the overall number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 1.27 million, with a mortality toll of 28,575.
The summit was also briefed on the methodology for implementing the requisite COVID-19 procedures and immunization measures for pedestrians entering into Pakistan from land borders.
The NCOC had just two days before emphasized the importance of speeding up the delivery of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to eligible persons in order to properly enhance the population’s immunity level for long-term benefits.