Its inactivated vaccines are more easily transportable than Pfizer's candidate, which must be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius - impossible in most developing countries.
Chaudhry Fawad said that the private sector is allowed to import any internationally approved vaccine on its own.
The back-to-back approvals could bring poorer countries, many of which have been unable to secure the Pfizer and Moderna doses being snapped up by rich countries, one step closer to getting vaccines sooner.
Both shots, as well as Russia's Sputnik, are expected to be supply much of the developing world.
Wednesday's announcement was the first time a Chinese company released late-stage trial efficacy data for a vaccine candidate. According to the National Medical Products Administration, the vaccine has a 79.34-percent efficacy against COVID-19, meeting the World Health Organization and the State Food and Drug Administration standards. That said, China's approval indicates that at least regulators have access to such key information.
Federal Minister for Science and Techology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Thursday said the cabinet committee has made a decision to initially purchase 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese company Sinoform.
Pakistan announced on Thursday a 1.2 million dose purchase deal with Sinopharm.
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"This is very exciting that there is another vaccine and one that can be distributed in locations that don't have the cold chain", said Ashley St. John, an immunologist at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.
The vaccine is the first one approved for general use in China.
Given that Sao Paulo, the richest state, has already bought 50 million syringes and plans to buy another 50 million, the entire country would need some 320 million syringes which would cost at most 120 million reais ($230 million), Fraccaro said.
China is eager to ship its vaccines globally, driven by a desire to fix the damage to its image caused by the pandemic that started a year ago in the central city of Wuhan.
"We call on people.to take an active part in vaccination to protect themselves, family members and others, which is also contributing to global epidemic control", Zeng Yixin, an official with National Health Commission, told a briefing on Thursday. "At least with the Russian vaccines we were told the number of cases and the basis of evidence for why their vaccine was effective".
That means that Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the crisis and which already lags neighbors Chile and Argentina in rolling out a vaccine, runs the risk of not having enough syringes to distribute vaccines.
The WHO and partners expect to begin Covax delivers in 2021.