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Pakistan launches locally-developed COVID-19 vaccine 'PakVac'

Pakistan launches locally-developed COVID-19 vaccine 'PakVac'
June 1, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) - Pakistan has formally launched its locally-developed "PakVac" COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday amid the ongoing global efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, PM's Special Assistant on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that the country will soon be able to start the production of the important drug. He also said that the is an opportunity in every difficulty. He also added that during the pandemic, China stood out as a friend of Pakistan.

“China was already a friend and came forward when coronavirus [hit Pakistan],” said Dr Faisal Sultan. He also lauded the National Institute of Health (NIH) for developing the vaccine. "Developing the vaccine from raw materials is not an easy task. [We are] proud of the people that developed the vaccine at the NIH,” he added.

Today an important day

Addressing the ceremony, Minister for Planning Asad Umar said the coronavirus pandemic has become a challenge for the whole world and today’s top demand is COVID-19 vaccines. He remarked that today was an important day.

He said the situation of the pandemic in Pakistan was quite better by the grace of Allah Almighty as compared with the other countries. Umar said that neither any disease will care about any boundaries nor it discriminates any human’s family and religion.

“Only nations that focus on increasing their knowledge and have the capacity to translate that knowledge equation into technology progress,” Umar said, adding that today’s achievement was part of the same link.