- Pakistan to amend rules for usage of AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Individuals going to Saudi Arabia can get a punch in the wake of showing travel reports.
- Individuals above 18 can now get the shot of AstraZeneca.
Pakistanis who wish to travel to Saudi Arabia can get AstraZeneca vaccine shot from Pakistan without any age limit.
In an interview with a private TV channel on Tuesday, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Faisal sultan informed that Pakistani who were desperately waiting to catch the sun in Saudi Arabia will now get the poke oxford vaccine which was before limited to those matured more than 40.
The vaccines earlier approved by UAE were Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer/ BioNTech, and AstraZeneca. In the meantime, Pakistan uses Chinese ones. Finally, AstraZeneca is approved in Pakistan after protesters’ kicking up a fuss.
Before its approval, the oxford was allowed only age for above 40, proven by WHO universally.
“(With the suggestion of the expert committee), we have updated the interim guidelines (for the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine AZD1222) today. There are two key changes: Use among less than 40 years be restricted irrespective of gender (till the availability of further data). Secondly, interval between doses fixed 12 weeks instead of a range of 8-12 weeks mentioned in an earlier version.”Director General Health Pakistan Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar had told in an interview.
The decision was taken under the supervisor of SAPM health added that this decision will support and guide the WHO data for the results of AstraZeneca and viable for the amendments in future. He further added that the reservations for prescriptions and how to manual will be released today and citizens above 18 can set off to UAE once their travel reports, including vaccination, are complete.
The diction is taken after brief talks with Saudi authorities approved by the latter including two Chinese vaccines