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COVID-19 vaccine updates in Pakistan and around the world

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SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 20, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 hours ago
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Posted: Jan 20, 2021 | Last Updated: 11 hours ago
COVID-19 vaccine updates in Pakistan and around the world

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This story was last updated at 3:00pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Pfizer vaccine:   Infographic: Obair Khan/ SAMAA Digital   Moderna vaccine:   Gamaleya vaccine:     Cansino Bio vaccine: Sinopharm-Beijing vaccine: Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine: Sinovac vaccine: Vaccine name Manufacturer Efficacy Status Authorised in Vaccinations start EpiVacCorona Vector Institute Not known Trial phase 3 Russia N/A   Covaxin Bharat Biotech Not known Trial phase 3 India India: Jan 16, 2021 (emergency use)   N/A Sinopharm- Wuhan Not known Trial phase 3 China, UAE N/A     The coronavirus pandemic continues to grow with second and third waves reported in many countries. Vaccines are, however, also being rolled out in many places. Rich countries have already secured supplies while poorer countries await their turn. Authorities in Pakistan say we will begin vaccinations in the second quarter of 2021. It is not yet known which vaccine out of the eight approved for emergency or full use will be administered in Pakistan. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan says the government is in talks with six leading vaccine makers and the vaccinations will begin for high-risk groups in February or March. On December 31, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced that the cabinet committee had decided to buy China's Sinopharm vaccine for COVID-19. Initially, 1.2 million doses will be purchased from Sinopharm, the federal science minister said on Twitter. The vaccine will be given free of charge to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021. Earlier, the Sindh government had announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would arrive in Pakistan mid-January. On Tuesday, however, the provincial government said that the federal government had hinted at a delay. The same day, the Cabinet relaxed procurement rules for the COVID-19 vaccine. Provincial Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has directed the vaccine coordination cell and officials to ensure smooth supply once inoculation starts at the Karachi Expo Centre. On Thursday, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Nausheen Hamid announced that the government is expecting the first shipment of the vaccine to arrive by the end of January. Pakistan has yet to finalise an order for the COVID-19 vaccine. The government has been in talks with six leading manufacturers. On Saturday (Dec 16), Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan told Reuters that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan had granted emergency use authorisation to the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has emphasised the need for vaccination and said the vaccines cannot be imported until the federal government approves. “Unfortunately, Pakistan is the last country that has yet to order vaccines,” she said. “Procuring vaccines is the federal government’s responsibility. If they can’t do it, they should allow the provincial government to procure vaccines and start administering them.” She added that 70% to 80% of Pakistan’s population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. SAMAA Health has compiled all the major updates here: Jan 20, 2021: Turkey vaccinates more than 1 million people against in the first week India exports its first batch of locally produced coronavirus shots to the Maldives, Bhutan, Brazil and South Africa Japan to start vaccinating the general public against the coronavirus in May, two months before the postponed Olympics  Italy threatens to take legal action against Pfizer over delays in deliveries of vaccines Jan 19, 2021: DRAP gives approval for China's Sinopharm vaccine COVID-19 vaccine: WHO says world facing ‘catastrophic moral failure’ Jan 18, 2021: India hails Covid-19 vaccine rollout as more than 224,000 immunised Brazil starts nationwide COVID-19 immunisation drive with China's Sinovac vaccine Jan 16, 2021: Pakistan grants approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Jan 15, 2021: Norway reports deaths in 33 elderly people after the Pfizer COVID-19 shot Jan 14, 2021: Pope Francis and former pope Benedict XVI receive the coronavirus vaccine Turkey launches COVID-19 vaccination drive with China's Sinovac jab Jan 13, 2021: Chinese coronavirus vaccine shows 50% efficacy in Brazil African Union secures 270 million vaccine doses California's Disneyland opens giant coronavirus vaccination centre Brazil, Bolivia get AstraZeneca Covid jabs from India Jan 12, 2021: Coronavirus vaccine: Centre promises ‘good news’ as tally crosses 500,000 AstraZeneca and Oxford University apply for authorisation for their coronavirus vaccine in the EU Scientists at the World Health Organization warned that mass vaccinations would not bring about herd immunity to the coronavirus this year Jan 11, 2021: Russia says more than 1.5 million vaccinated globally with Sputnik V India aims to begin vaccinating its 1.3 billion people against coronavirus from Jan 13 US President-elect Joe Biden will receive second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday (today) Jan 10, 2021: Pakistan opens coronavirus vaccine registrations for frontline workers Saudi Arabia's King Salman receives Covid-19 vaccine jab UK helps raise $1 billion in global vaccine donations Jan 9, 2021: Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip get COVID-19 vaccine Sinovac, AstraZeneca file for approval in Brazil Jan 8, 2021: Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei bans import of US and UK-made vaccines Europe bulk buys COVID-19 vaccines, WHO asks rich countries to share Moderna vaccine approved for use in UK Jan 7, 2021: Pakistan expecting first vaccine doses January end: parliamentary health secretary 1 in 100,000 had severe reaction to Pfizer vaccine Jan 6, 2021: Pakistan might not be getting COVID-19 vaccine by mid-Jan EU regulator approves Moderna coronavirus vaccine Jan 5, 2021: Cabinet relaxes procurement rules for COVID-19 vaccine BioNTech warns against delaying second vaccine dose beyond 21 days Mexico approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine More than 73,000 people have been vaccinated in China's Beijing French President Macron promises faster vaccine rollout by Thursday EU says no decision taken over Moderna vaccine authorisation Jan 4, 2021: India approves two vaccines as nations race towards inoculation Palestinians left out as over 1.2m Israelis receive coronavirus vaccine Israel approves Moderna vaccine Jan 2, 2021: Sindh to get Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine mid-January   India approves AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine US scientists are going to test whether existing COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the South Africa variant Jan 1, 2021: Karachi Expo Centre to become Sindh’s coronavirus vaccine centre WHO grants ‘emergency validation’ to Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Sources say India has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Dec 31, 2020: Pakistan decides to import Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine: Fawad Chaudhry ‘Highly unlikely’ 91-year-old’s death due to COVID-19 jab: Swiss authorities Argentina becomes second country in the world to approve the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Algeria approves Russian Sputnik V vaccine Dec 30, 2020: Switzerland reports first death after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot China’s Sinopharm says Covid-19 vaccine 79% effective Margaret Keenan, the 91-year-old grandmother who was the world's first patient to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine receives her second dose AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine approved for use in UK Dec 29, 2020: Belarus starts coronavirus vaccination with Russia’s Sputnik V Spain will keep a register of everyone who refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine Dec 28, 2020: NOVAVAX starts Phase 3 clinical trials in US Dec 27, 2020: EU rolls out COVID-19 vaccine Dec 26, 2020: US doctor with shellfish allergy has reaction to Moderna vaccine Dec 25, 2020: Turkey to start using China’s Covid-19 vaccine after strong results Dec 24, 2020:  Brazilian institute says Chinese vaccine effective but hasn’t published results Dec 23, 2020: Coronavirus vaccine will be available by March: Dr Faisal Sultan Dec 22, 2020: Man approaches court to stop government from procuring coronavirus vaccine Dec 22, 2020: Biden receives Covid-19 vaccine live on TV Dec 19: Swiss authorise Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine Dec 18, 2020:  Sindh prepares for COVID-19 vaccine administration as cases cross 200,000 Dec 18, 2020: China gears up for mass COVID-19 vaccine production Dec 17, 2020: Twitter cracks down on false posts about Covid vaccines Dec 17, 2020: EU Covid-19 vaccinations to start December 27 Dec 17, 2020: US health worker has serious allergic reaction to Pfizer vaccine Dec 15, 2020: Sindh asks centre what support it’ll provide for COVID-19 vaccination Dec 15, 2020: Teachers should receive vaccine priority: UNICEF Dec 15, 2020: US begins Covid-19 vaccinations as death toll passes 300,000 Dec 14, 2020: Women aged 35-44 ‘most engaged’ in Pakistan vaccine conversations Dec 13, 2020: Sanofi, GSK Covid vaccine delayed until end of 2021 Dec 12, 2020: Fact-check: The coronavirus vaccine doesn’t change your DNA Dec 12, 2020: US approves Pfizer vaccine as millions of doses begin shipping Dec 9, 2020: UAE registers China’s Sinopharm vaccine, says 86% effective Dec 8, 2020: Canada will get the Pfizer vaccine third week of December Dec 7, 2020: British queen to get coronavirus vaccine soon, countries extend curfews Dec 7, 2020: India’s Serum Institute applies for emergency authorisation of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Dec 5, 2020: Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine Dec 5, 2020: Moscow starts inoculating vulnerable workers against coronavirus Dec 4, 2020: Govt approaches Gavi to make coronavirus vaccine available in Pakistan Dec 4, 2020: Moderna vaccine gives 3 months immunity, firm plans 100m doses Important Dec 2, 2020: ‘Pakistan to start free coronavirus vaccination in April 2021’  Dec 2, 2020: UK to begin coronavirus vaccinations within days Dec 2, 2020: Japan residents to get free COVID-19 vaccine Dec 1, 2020: Moderna requests US, Europe vaccine approvals after full results Nov 30, 2020: Moderna will request US, Europe for coronavirus vaccine authorisation Nov 27, 2020: Pakistanis join final trials for China-made Covid-19 vaccine Nov 24, 2020: India first priority for AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine delivery: Serum Institute Nov 23, 2020: US expects to begin Covid vaccinations in early December: official Nov 19, 2020: Becoming a citizen scientist in Pakistan’s COVID-19 vaccine trial Nov 18, 2020: Poorer nations face coronavirus vaccine wait as West stockpiles supply Nov 17, 2020: New COVID-19 vaccine to show results by summer: creator Nov 16, 2020: How the Pfizer vaccine is different from CanSino’s in Pakistan trials Nov 10, 2020: Pakistan PM says COVID-19 vaccine should be accessible to all Vaccine ‘milestone’ hailed as global Covid cases soar Common misconception that vaccine will end the pandemic: health experts Pakistan’s AKU starts enrolling participants for global COVID-19 prevention study Volunteer in Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial dies in Brazil: officials World Bank approves $12b for COVID-19 vaccines Pakistan, will you volunteer for the Chinese coronavirus vaccine trial? Coronavirus vaccine trials start this week in Pakistan: taskforce chairperson Russia coronavirus vaccine ‘passes early trial test’ WHO wants to review Russia’s coronavirus vaccine trials Russia has developed ‘first’ coronavirus vaccine: Putin Coronavirus vaccine clinical trials begin in two weeks in Pakistan Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine stops virus multiplying in monkeys: study Video: When will Pakistan get a coronavirus vaccine?
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This story was last updated at 3:00pm Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Pfizer vaccine:

  Infographic: Obair Khan/ SAMAA Digital

 

Moderna vaccine:

 

Moderna vaccine

Gamaleya vaccine:

 

Russia Gamaleya_vaccine-info

 

Cansino Bio vaccine:

CanSino Biologics China vaccine

Sinopharm-Beijing vaccine:

Sinopharm_beijing

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine:

Astra-Zeneca_Oxford vaccine

Infographic: Obair Khan/ SAMAA Digital

Sinovac vaccine:

Sinovac_biotech

Vaccine name Manufacturer Efficacy Status Authorised in Vaccinations start
EpiVacCorona Vector Institute Not known Trial phase 3 Russia N/A  
Covaxin Bharat Biotech Not known Trial phase 3 India India: Jan 16, 2021 (emergency use)  
N/A Sinopharm- Wuhan Not known Trial phase 3 China, UAE N/A  

 

The coronavirus pandemic continues to grow with second and third waves reported in many countries. Vaccines are, however, also being rolled out in many places. Rich countries have already secured supplies while poorer countries await their turn.

Authorities in Pakistan say we will begin vaccinations in the second quarter of 2021. It is not yet known which vaccine out of the eight approved for emergency or full use will be administered in Pakistan.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan says the government is in talks with six leading vaccine makers and the vaccinations will begin for high-risk groups in February or March.

On December 31, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced that the cabinet committee had decided to buy China’s Sinopharm vaccine for COVID-19.

Initially, 1.2 million doses will be purchased from Sinopharm, the federal science minister said on Twitter. The vaccine will be given free of charge to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.

Earlier, the Sindh government had announced that the COVID-19 vaccine would arrive in Pakistan mid-January. On Tuesday, however, the provincial government said that the federal government had hinted at a delay. The same day, the Cabinet relaxed procurement rules for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Provincial Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has directed the vaccine coordination cell and officials to ensure smooth supply once inoculation starts at the Karachi Expo Centre.

On Thursday, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Nausheen Hamid announced that the government is expecting the first shipment of the vaccine to arrive by the end of January.

Pakistan has yet to finalise an order for the COVID-19 vaccine. The government has been in talks with six leading manufacturers.

On Saturday (Dec 16), Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan told Reuters that the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan had granted emergency use authorisation to the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho has emphasised the need for vaccination and said the vaccines cannot be imported until the federal government approves.

“Unfortunately, Pakistan is the last country that has yet to order vaccines,” she said. “Procuring vaccines is the federal government’s responsibility. If they can’t do it, they should allow the provincial government to procure vaccines and start administering them.”

She added that 70% to 80% of Pakistan’s population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

SAMAA Health has compiled all the major updates here:

 
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