by Tahir Ali
ISLAMABAD, Jan. 22 (Gwadar Pro) – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Thursday that China has promised to provide half a million doses of Coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan by January 31. These vaccines would be provided as grant assistance and “China will not charge for them”.
After a detailed conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced during a press conference, “China will immediately provide 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines to Pakistan”.
“Send your plane and immediately airlift the medicine”, Qureshi quoted the Chinse FM Wang Yi as saying.
Mahmood Qureshi termed the development as a very “happy news” and he added, “Many lives would be saved via this (vaccine)”.
While thanking his Chinese counterpart for the vaccine, he informed him that Pakistan’s requirements could not be fulfilled with these (half-a-million-doses) and Islamabad needs 1.1 million more doses in the near future.
He said that the response of Chinese Foreign Minister was very encouraging. “We have the intention to fulfill this requirement of 1.1 million. You requirement of 1.1 million doses would be made available by the end of February,” he quoted Chinses Foreign Minister as saying.
China had decided to work for the “global public good”, Qureshi said, adding that Wang Yi told him being an “all-weather strategic cooperative partner” Pakistan was the first country they thought of to assist.
“We assure, that China will continue its cooperation with Pakistan,” Mr. Wang Yi noted.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi informed his Chinese counterpart, that the trials of Cansino, which is under clinical trial in Pakistan, are going ahead successfully.
“The results are very encouraging, so as the trial is concluded, we want joint manufacturing of the same vaccine. “I am pleased to say that he has also shown his willingness in this.”
Pakistan during the past 24 hours has reported 54 deaths and 2363 coronavirus cases. Since the start of pandemic, Pakistan has reported 527,146 cases and 11,157 deaths.
Source: China Economic Net