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Cabinet to green light procurement of Covid-19 vaccines today


ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet is all set to approve recommendations made by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) for procurement of novel Covid-19 vaccines.

It is likely that at least two Covid-19 vaccines will be registered globally by next month. The NCOC on Monday had finalised its recommendations for the procurement of the vaccine against the deadly disease and forwarded the same to federal cabinet for approval.

Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar took to Twitter to make the announcement on Monday.

“NCOC today finalised its recommendations for procurement of Covid vaccine. These will be presented to the cabinet tomorrow for approval. The task force of experts headed by SAPM health Dr Faisal Sultan had developed the recommendations which were discussed and finalised today,” he said.

The recommendations will be presented before the federal cabinet during its meeting scheduled on Tuesday, and approval will be sought to obtain the vaccine as quickly as possible.

An official in the Ministry of National Health Services who wishes to remain anonymous told Pakistan Today that Pakistan plans to procure vaccines from all friendly countries so as to mitigate the pandemic that was not proving threatening lives of thousands.

He said that other than the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Astra Zeneca, Pakistan would also seek support from its friends like China and Russia.

“We are closely monitoring the tests being conducted and almost all the vaccines are proving beneficial with some variants. We will try to procure good and quality vaccines to help save our people,” the official said.

It may be pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Imran Khan had already approved allocation of US $100 million for advance payment for procurement of the vaccine at the earliest.

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