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Pakistan allocates $1bn to purchase coronavirus vaccines, say sources

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  • In first part, $180mn to be given to NDMA to purchase vaccines. 
  • Pakistan to purchase CanSinoBio, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines. 

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on Wednesday authorised $1bn to acquire coronavirus vaccines as the federal government plans to expedite the vaccination marketing campaign, in response to sources.

Sources stated the finance minister, whereas chairing a gathering of the cupboard’s Financial Coordination Committee (ECC), authorised the proposal to buy vaccines value $1bn which shall be used to vaccinate seven million Pakistanis by the year-end.

The ECC greenlighted to launch $180mn within the first part of the procurement, confirmed sources, including that the funds shall be issued to the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA).

CanSinoBio, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines shall be purchased from the $1bn funds authorised by the ECC.

Different selections taken through the committee’s assembly included the approval of payment grants for college kids within the nation’s backward areas, stated sources.

It additionally agreed to determine a fund for the “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Programme”, a coverage initiative of the federal government to eradicate starvation throughout Pakistan.

The ECC okayed a technical supplementary grant of Rs1.16bn for the controller normal and a technical grant of Rs378 mn for the Ministry of Schooling, sources added.

A technical supplementary grant of Rs330mn was additionally authorised for the auditor normal, stated sources. 

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However the main hurdle that Pakistan faces is the ban on the export of the vaccine imposed by India. Pakistan had hoped to acquire a most variety of vaccines from New Delhi.

Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan had assured the nation earlier that the federal government was not solely counting on presents and donations for coronavirus vaccines and had a purchase order plan in place.

Chatting with the media from the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Dr Sultan had stated misinformation was circulating relating to the federal government’s plan relating to buy of vaccines.

He had stated that the federal government has signed contracts with three vaccine corporations to safe provides of the COVID-19 vaccination photographs.

“To say that the government is waiting to receive vaccines as gifts is incorrect,” Dr Sultan had stated.

The SAPM had defined that there was a delay within the vaccine’s arrival to the nation due to provide shortages internationally.

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