ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities are planning to start the country’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign next week.
Asad Umar, the minister in charge of Pakistan's virus response, said frontline health workers will be the initial recipients.
Umar did not say which vaccine will be used, but the announcement comes days after Beijing promised to give Pakistan 500,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine before Jan. 31. It was expected to get the vaccine made by the Chinese firm SinoPharm.
Pakistan is negotiating with different vaccine manufacturers to get enough doses to protect its population.
Pakistan also Thursday reported another 64 deaths from COVID-19, increasing its total fatalities to 11,514.