Pechuho urges federal government to allow the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine

Pechuho urges federal government to allow the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine

Sindh provincial government on Saturday asked the federal government to allow the purchase of vaccine for Covid-19.

Addressing a press conference, Provincial Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho criticised the federal government regarding its slow approach in ordering the vaccines for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

Earlier, the government advisor on health Dr Faisal Sultan said that the federal government wants to buy the vaccine with the highest efficacy.

“Look at other countries, are UK, US, Europe all rushing? Even African countries have started procurement. India has started vaccination, Turkey has started. You have been left behind in the race. If we continue to sit back, our people will get sick and die. You will become a pariah internationally. Like polio, Pakistanis will have to show a coronavirus vaccination certificate, it would become hard to travel,” Pechuho warned.

She also said that every vaccine had some side effects but there were no reports of major problems caused by any of the vaccines that are being used around the world.

“It is important for people to be vaccinated as soon as possible so that they will be protected from the serious health problems that are caused by Covid-19,” the minister added.

Pechuho said that the Sindh government wanted to procure Sinopharm, which is produced by China, as well as other vaccines being manufactured around the world. The minister said trials of the Sinopharm vaccine had been successful and pointed out that it was being used in China, UAE and Bahrain as well.

She emphasised that the Sindh government wanted to start a vaccination drive as soon as possible "so our people can be safe and secure".

The minister said that it will be a very difficult phase as the province has a huge population and around 70-80 per cent of the people have to be vaccinated.

"We do not know, until now, about the procurement strategy, from which manufacturers the vaccine will be purchased, in what quantity and how it will be distributed," the minister said.