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NCOC issues guidelines for Chinese Sinovac vaccines

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan, through the National Command Operation Center (NCOC), released guidelines on Friday for the storage and injection of the Chinese coronavirus vaccine Sinovac, from which the country received a shipment of 500,000 doses yesterday , ARY News reported.

NCOC guidelines state that only people over the age of 18 can receive the Sinovac vaccine and that people infected with the virus can only receive the vaccines after they recover.

These guidelines also state that people suffering from fever should not receive the vaccine with two doses of Sinovac.

The second dose of the vaccine cannot be administered within 28 days of the first dose, confirmed the NCOC guidelines.

Those allergic to vaccines and with comorbidities cannot be injected with Sinovac, the report said.

He said the vaccine will be applied to the upper arm and is strictly intramuscular, so the injection into the veins is restricted.

He said the vaccine can be stored at a temperature ranging from 2 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit, and noted that its expiration date is 12 months. He noted that the vaccine cannot be frozen.

There is little data on how the vaccine affects pregnant women, said the NCOC.

It was reproved yesterday that Pakistan received another shipment of 500,000 doses of a vaccine against China’s Sinovac coronavirus.

A special PAF plane carrying up to 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived at Nur Khan air base in Islamabad.

This was the fifth coronavirus vaccine and the third Chinese vaccine to be used in Pakistan.

Pakistan on April 18 reached an agreement to purchase the CoronaVac vaccine from China.

The Coronavac vaccine was prepared by Sinovac Life Sciences in China. The company secured the supply of the vaccine according to Pakistan’s needs, the sources said.

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