KARACHI – The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Thursday granted Emergency Use Authorization to Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine for all adults.
The move comes as the South Asian country is set to receive 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the US via COVAX – a global vaccine sharing program.
All requirements for the emergency usage of mRNA-based vaccines have been fulfilled and guidelines issued for the staff and the people.
The Moderna vaccine unlike other vaccines needs special handling and cold chain maintenance to preserve the vaccine’s efficacy. The jabs need to be transported safely while storage, administration, and disposal of the vaccine waste must be ensured at all vaccination facilities.
As per the guidelines, the frozen vials should be stored at -25 Celsius to -15 Celsius and protected from light, in the original packaging. In addition, it should not be stored on dry ice or below -40 Celsius.
The vaccine should be given to people to pregnant and lactating women, including those with chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac failure, renal failure and, chronic liver disease.
However, people having severe allergic reactions or immediate allergic reactions should not be vaccinated. The vaccine is also not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age in wake of the lack of study on younger ones.
On Monday, the United States announced to send 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Pakistan. In addition to Pakistan, the US will also ship two million doses of Pfizer vaccine to Peru, and 1.5m doses of Moderna vaccine to Honduras.
Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.
Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||361||364|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.49||36.84|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.
On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100.
Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.
In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.
|Lahore||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Karachi||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Islamabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Peshawar||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Quetta||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sialkot||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Attock||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujranwala||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Jehlum||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Multan||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujrat||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nawabshah||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Chakwal||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Hyderabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nowshehra||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sargodha||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Faisalabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Mirpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|