- FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi praises NCOC for doing a "great job during the pandemic", lauds COVID-19 patients for courage
- Qureshi says "Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine"
- Adds that China promised to send Pakistan 500,000 doses "in good faith"
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Thursday China would send the first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan by January 31, 2021, in what he termed was "good faith".
Speaking to reporters here in the federal capital, Qureshi said: "Pakistan held fruitful talks with China with regard to obtaining the coronavirus vaccine.
"China has promised to send Pakistan 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in good faith," he said, adding that Beijing would send more by February 2021.
The foreign minister praised the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for doing a "great job during the pandemic" and lauded the COVID-19 patients for their courage in the fight against the deadly virus.
"Pakistan successfully fought the coronavirus [pandemic]," he added.
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