Covid-19: Pakistan reaches goal to vaccinate 70 million

Pakistan has administers 155 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, bringing the vaccination rate to 44 per cent



A man receives a shot of the Sinovac vaccine from a health worker, at a vaccination centre in Karachi. — AP
A man receives a shot of the Sinovac vaccine from a health worker, at a vaccination centre in Karachi. — AP

By AP

Published: Fri 31 Dec 2021, 5:19 PM

Pakistan’s planning minister says his country has achieved a goal of fully vaccinating 70 million people by the end of 2021.

The announcement Friday comes as Pakistan has recently stepped up its vaccination campaign as the new Omicron variant spreads.

Planning Minister Asad Umar took to Twitter to thank the health workers who worked to meet the goal.

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Since last year, Pakistan has administered 155 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, fully vaccinating over 70 million of the country’s 220 million people. It brings the vaccination rate to 44 per cent.

Pakistan so far has mostly relied on Chinese vaccines, though it also has received millions of doses of vaccines under the Covax scheme.


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