Nearly 10,000 doses of CanSino Covid19 vaccine remain unused in Karachi
KARACHI – At least 10,000 doses of single-dose Chinese vaccine Convidecia had arrived at Karachi Airport in the first week of April and are gathering dust at a warehouse in Sindh capital.
Sources said the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is waiting for official paperwork to release the consignment imported by a private firm.
According to an official of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS,R&C), the shipment of single-dose Chinese vaccine was imported by AJM Limited, a private firm, and it was to be supplied to three hospitals including Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore and Shifa International Hospital in federal capital but the whole process has been halted for now.
The NHS official also blamed the drug authority for the delay in the release of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Adding that it did the same when 50,000 doses of Russian vaccine arrived in Pakistan and remained unused for over a month due to pricing controversy.
The private firm importer said CanSino Biologics Inc’s single dose is the most suitable vaccine for Pakistan as its trials were held in three major cities of the south asian country where over 15,000 people were recruited for these trials.
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