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Pakistan launches home-made ‘PakVac’ COVID-19 vaccine

Pakistan on Tuesday launched the coronavirus vaccine developed in the country with Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan, saying the country will soon be able to start the production of the important drug.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Dr Faisal Sultan said that the is an opportunity in every difficulty. He also added that during the pandemic, China stood out as a friend of Pakistan.

“China was already a friend and came forward when coronavirus [hit Pakistan],” said Dr Sultan.

He also appreciated the National Institute of Health (NIH) for developing the vaccine.

Developing the vaccine from raw materials is not an easy task. [We are] proud of the people that developed the vaccine at the NIH,” said Dr Sultan.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong, in his address, said that the vaccine’s production is an example of the friendship between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar remarked that today was an “important day.”

Umar also spoke about the coronavirus situation of the country and said that the number of patients in hospitals was higher in the third wave compared to the first wave. He added that the number of patients on oxygen support was 60% more than it was during the first wave.

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