ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s minister for planning and development says his country is importing 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, the first purchase that comes after initial donations.
Half a million doses arrived Wednesday and the rest later Thursday.
The announcement by Asad Omar comes as Pakistan reported 4,974 new cases in the past 24 hours, the highest single-day jump since June last year.
China began donating vaccines to Pakistan in February, and since then only health workers and older people have received the shots.
In an effort to contain the spread of the disease, Pakistan has expanded the partial lockdown in cities with a high positive rate.
Pakistan has reported 672,931 cases and 14,530 confirmed deaths.