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Pakistan approves Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for teens 12-18 years

5.5 million teenage people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Pakistan

Pakistan has announced the use of two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, Sinopharm and Sinovac, to vaccinate teenagers aged 12-18 years with two Chinese vaccines.

“Chinese vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac have been approved by the NCOC Health Experts Committee for administration to children above 12 years of age from Nov 15 onwards” the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced.

“Now, these vaccines will also be available in addition to already approved Pfizer for children above 12 yrs,” the officials said.

Nearly 5.5 million teenage people have been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in Pakistan so far.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, who also heads the NCOC, said that over 50 percent of students had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pakistan began inoculating teenagers last month.

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