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Pakistan to Receive New COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer

Pakistan to Receive New COVID-19 Vaccine from Pfizer.

Pakistan to Get Pfizer’s New COVID-19 Vaccine (2023-24): High-Risk Groups and Hajj Pilgrims Prioritized

While the world faces a new COVID-19 variant, Pakistan is set to receive a much-needed boost in its vaccination campaign.

This month, over 500,000 doses of Pfizer’s latest vaccine (2023-24 formula) are expected to arrive, targeting high-risk groups and Hajj pilgrims.

However, there’s a hurdle: the vaccine requires Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from Pakistan’s Drug Regulatory Authority (Drap) before deployment.

This is because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t yet approved this new Pfizer formula, even though its existing EUA covers emergency use of the original vaccine.

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Pakistan will receive the doses in two batches:

  • 200,000 doses from the US: These will arrive in the coming days, specifically targeting high-risk groups.
  • 300,000 doses from COVAX: This international initiative will contribute to Pakistan’s vaccination efforts.

The updated Pfizer formula reportedly shows effectiveness against current variants, including Omicron and its sub-variants.

Additionally, vaccinating Hajj pilgrims is a priority to prevent them from contracting new variants during their travels.

While Pakistan hasn’t reported any JN.1 sub-variant cases yet, proactive measures like this vaccination drive are crucial to stay ahead of the evolving virus.

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Key Points:

  • Pakistan to receive 500,000+ doses of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine (2023-24 formula).
  • High-risk groups and Hajj pilgrims are prioritized for vaccination.
  • EUA from Drap is required before deployment.
  • Updated formula effective against current variants.
  • The vaccination drive aims to prevent transmission among Hajj pilgrims.

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