UN stockpiling billion syringes for Covid-19 vaccine

11:50 PM | 19 Oct, 2020
UN stockpiling billion syringes for Covid-19 vaccine

NEW YORK – The United Nations has decided to stockpile one billion syringes around the world by the end of next year, to be used for any future coronavirus vaccination.

The UNICEF in a statement said it aims to get 520 million syringes in its warehouses by the end of this year, to guarantee their initial supply in countries ahead of the vaccine.

The syringes will be used by Covax, the international coronavirus vaccine procurement, production and distribution pool created by the World Health Organization.

The number of coronavirus cases across the world has surpassed forty point two million while pandemic has claimed more than one-point one million lives so far.         

The United States is worst hit country with over eight point three million infection cases and over 224,730 deaths followed by India with over seven point five million cases and over 114,600 deaths.

More than thirty point one million patients stand recovered in the world.

Coronavirus Situation in Pakistan 

The total active COVID-19 cases in Pakistan have reached to 9,384 as 440 more people tested positive for the deadly virus during the last 24 hours.

Five patients, who were under treatment for the coronavirus died in hospital on Sunday, according to the latest update issued by the National command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

No COVID affected person was on ventilator in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Balochistan, while 74 ventilators elsewhere in Pakistan, out of 1,884 allocated for COVID-19 patients, were occupied.

Some 27,091 tests were conducted across the country on Sunday, including 9,094 in Sindh, 10,033 in Punjab, 3,756 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 2,478 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 892 in Balochistan, 402 in Gilgit Baltistan (GB), and 436 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Around 307,409 people have recovered from the disease so far across Pakistan making it a significant count with over 90 percent recovery ratio of the affected patients.

Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 323,452 cases were detected so far, including AJK 3,498, Balochistan 15,688, GB 4,059, ICT 18,069, KP 38,645, Punjab 101,652 and Sindh 101,652.

About 6,659 deaths were recorded in country since the eruption of the contagion, including 2,581 Sindh among two of them died in hospital on Sunday, 2,298 in Punjab, 1265 in KP, 195 in ICT one of them in hospital on Sunday, 148 in Balochistan one of them in hospital on Sunday, 90 in GB and 82 in AJK one of them in hospital on Sunday.

A total of 4,101,115 coronavirus tests have been conducted so far, while 735 hospitals are equipped with COVID facilities. Some 789 patients were admitted in hospitals across the country.