ISLAMABAD: China has created a vaccine to cure coronavirus and given it to Pakistan for clinical testing on patients. The vaccine is in the second phase of clinical trials in China.
Pakistan National Institute of Health (NIH) Executive Director Major General Aamer Ikram has confirmed the news. He expressed the hope that the vaccine would be launched in next three months in Pakistan. He said the health ministry was fulfilling the necessary procedures to launch the vaccine trials in Pakistan and soon it would be completed.
Aamer Ikram said China was providing the vaccines to Pakistan for the clinical trial on an immediate basis.
Scientists all over the world were trying to prepare the vaccine for deadly coronavirus, he added.
Beijing approved the first trial for a vaccine developed by the military-backed Academy of Military Medical Sciences and Hong Kong-listed biotech firm CanSino Bio on March 16.
The Chinese government has provided emergency medical support to more than 150 countries and international organizations to help them brace Covid-19 and is actively facilitating the commercial procurement of various countries in China.
At the same time, many Chinese private institutions, enterprises and localities, including the Jack Ma Charity Foundation and Alibaba Charity Foundation, have also lend a helping hand to the outside world, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson, Geng Shuang said during his regular briefing held here.
He said since the outbreak of the new coronavirus epidemic, the international community has given China sincere help and strong support, which we have in mind.
“At present, although China is under tremendous pressure of ‘internal defense rebound and external defense input’ of the novel coronavirus, it still provides support and assistance to the international community within its capacity,” he added.