Pakistan on Thursday demanded that an organization like the WHO should decide instead of individual countries deciding whether to accept the coronavirus vaccine for travel around the world. This demand has been made because Pakistan is facing difficulties due to its dependence on China for vaccines. In fact, many countries do not accept China’s vaccines and they only approve Pfizer, Moderna and AustraZeneca.
Planning Minister Asad Umar, head of Pakistan’s Anti-Corona National Command and Operation Center, tweeted, ‘The decision of vaccine acceptance is to be taken by a global organization like WHO. Every country that is deciding which vaccine is acceptable to it is causing a lot of confusion. The health and well-being of global citizens cannot be held hostage to global strategic rivalry.
Most of the doses of vaccines that Pakistan has administered to 13.5 million people are doses of three Chinese vaccines, cyanopharm, cyanovac and cansine. By the way, 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca and 100,000 doses of Pfizer have been provided to Pakistan. Western vaccines are specifically given to Pakistanis who go abroad for work or to foreign universities to study.