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PM Imran approves funds for advance purchase of potential COVID-19 vaccine

Imran advance COVID-19 vaccine

Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved specific funding for the advance purchase of potential Covid-19 vaccine, according to a statement released by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination

Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan approved the allocation of funds for the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) to acquire COVID-19 vaccine in advance, confirmed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr, Faisal Sultan.

While giving an interview to a local news channel, Dr Faisal Sultan revealed that PM Imran Khan has asked for an extensive availability of effective coronavirus as soon as possible.

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However, Dr. Faisal Sultan did not reveal the exact amount of funds assigned by the PM. Earlier this month, the Ministry of National Health Services wrote a letter to the PM Imran Khan requesting $100 million from government to obtain possible coronavirus vaccine that are at the final stage of clinical trials.

The health ministry said an expert committee on the COVID-19 vaccine has been working on technical oversight and review of safety and efficacy data coming in from trials.

SAPM to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan further added that the federal government has also formulated a complete COVID-19 vaccine approach in line with global standards.

Under the strategy made by the authorities, those who are working on the front lines such as healthcare workers and those who are vulnerable such as elders and patients with multiple diseases will be the first recipients of the potential coronavirus vaccine.

In addition, experts from National Health Services are also assigned to provide technical assistance, is uninterruptedly monitoring the safety and effective data originating from all the stage vaccine trials.

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