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Pfizer’s Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Set to Arrive in Pakistan

“Stay informed on Pakistan’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts with the latest news on Pfizer’s new vaccine doses. Get updates on emergency authorizations, vaccine effectiveness, and international contributions to safeguard high-risk groups, including Hajj pilgrims. Your concise source for essential pandemic updates in easy English.”

Pfizer's Latest COVID-19 Vaccine Set to Arrive in Pakistan

In the midst of the global struggle against the new COVID-19 variant, Pakistan is set to receive more than 500,000 doses of Pfizer’s latest COVID-19 vaccine (2023-24 version) this month.

Officials shared with a national newspaper that these doses are reserved for vaccinating high-risk groups, especially the Hajj pilgrims. But, before using the vaccine, health authorities need to get a new Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap). This is important because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the newly-developed Pfizer vaccine yet. Officials clarified that the FDA’s approval is specifically for emergency use.

An official from the National Institute of Health (NIH) mentioned to the national newspaper that Pakistan is expecting 200,000 doses of Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine (2023-24 version) from the US in the next few days. He added that the updated formula has proven effective against the currently circulating variants, including Omicron and its sub-variants.

Furthermore, the international initiative COVAX, which aims to provide COVID-19 vaccines globally, is also anticipated to supply 300,000 doses to Pakistan.

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Despite no reported cases of the JN.1 sub-variant in Pakistan, health authorities plan to vaccinate pilgrims to prevent them from getting new COVID-19 variants. The NIH official explained their belief that Saudi authorities will require vaccination against COVID-19 with a new mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer or other FDA-approved companies before allowing pilgrims to enter their territory for Hajj.

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