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CanSinoBio – Pakistan approves fourth COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

07:51 PM | 12 Feb, 2021
CanSinoBio – Pakistan approves fourth COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

ISLAMABAD – The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) on Friday approved the fourth COVID-19 vaccine for emergency.

The registration board has approved CanSinoBio’s vaccine after it greenlighted three others that include Sinopharm, Russia's Sputnik-V and the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine.

A request for the approval was submitted to DRAP's registration board by AJM Pharma (Pvt) Limited, local media reported.

Pakistan is the second country to approve CanSinoBIO's vaccine, as it was first approved by Mexico.

Clinical trials for CanSinoBIO's vaccine were already being held in several countries, including Pakistan.

On Monday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan had announced that CanSinoBIO vaccine is nearly 75% effective against the virus in Pakistan.

He wrote, “Clinical trial data (phase-3) of a one-dose Ad5-nCoV vaccine for Covid (Cansino Bio) received. Interim analysis by the Independent Data Monitoring Committee shows 65.7% efficacy at preventing symptomatic cases and 90.98% at preventing severe disease (multicountry analysis)”.

In the Pakistani subset, efficacy at preventing symptomatic cases is 74.8% & 100% at preventing severe disease, he had said.

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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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