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  • PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal says PTI govt look ahead to WHO’s “charity-based” vaccines
  • Says the government ought to have earlier purchased the vaccine from China at discounted charges to mitigate the COVID-19 state of affairs in nation
  • Says international locations which look after its residents ordered vaccine in a well timed trend

LAHORE: Senior PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday took a jibe a the ruling-PTI authorities and stated that it stored ready for “charity-based” coronavirus vaccines from the World Well being Organisation (WHO) as a substitute of taking swift motion and procuring it by different means. 

Taking to Twitter, Iqbal wrote that the PTI [allegedly] paid “Rs500 million worth of bribe to its members in the National Assembly” however didn’t “purchase vaccines from China to protect the masses.” He added that the vaccine may have been procured from China at discounted charges.

“Countries which really cared about their population had placed orders for the vaccines ahead of time,” he stated. 

Learn extra: Particular airplane transporting Chinese language coronavirus vaccine on its solution to Islamabad

A day in the past, the Nationwide Command and Operations Middle (NCOC) Chief and Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had introduced that Pakistan has obtained a letter from WHO’s COVAX programme below which the nation would get an indicative provide of as much as 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine within the 1st half 2021.

“About 6 million [doses] will be received by March with delivery starting in Feb. We signed with Covax nearly 8 months back to ensure availability,” the minister wrote on Twitter. 

Learn extra: ‘Excellent news’: Asad Umar says Pakistan can count on 17 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine this 12 months

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