WHO approves China's Sinovac vaccine for emergency use against Covid-19

08:26 PM | 1 Jun, 2021
WHO approves China's Sinovac vaccine for emergency use against Covid-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday approved the China-made vaccine, Sinovac, for emergency use against COVID-19.

This is the second Chinese drug approved by the global health body for use against the virus that has claimed more than 3.55 million lives across the world.

“WHO today validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing,” the UN health agency said in a statement.

Pakistan is also administrating jabs of Sinovac vaccine besides two other Chinese vaccines – Sinopharm and single-dose Convidecia vaccine developed by Cansino Biologicals.

Earlier today, Pakistan launched locally-processed single dose COVID-19 vaccine ‘PakVac’ amid the government's efforts to pace up the vaccination drive of the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said the country will soon be able to start the production of vaccine.

Praising Chinese assistance for Pakistan in the health crisis, he said that China was a strong friend of the country. He also appreciated the National Institute of Health (NIH) teams for successfully developing the vaccine from the raw materials given by China.

Meanwhile, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar termed the day “important”. He said that the number of patients hospitalised during the third wave of the pandemic was higher than the number of patients who were hospitalised during the first wave.

He further said that efforts were being made to strengthen the national health system.

Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong, speaking on the occasion, said that production of the vaccine depicted level of friendship between the two countries.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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