Joint efforts needed to cope with second Covid wave Gov’t prefer low cost, quality vaccine based on best scientific research: Faisal

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Dr Faisal Sultan on Friday said that the government will be preferred to import COVID-19 vaccine based on transparent scientific research data.
Talking to media he said that the six largest pharmaceutical companies in the world are at the forefront of developing the coronavirus vaccine, but the company that will present scientific research data in a transparent manner will be met the standard.
‘If the company’s research will prove that the prepared vaccine was not only safe but also effective, then the vaccine will be imported, he added.
He further said that providing low cost and quality vaccine to the people was a target, however, it was important to be completely safe instead of low cost. There will be no compromise on the quality of the vaccine, he added.
Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Syed Amin Ul Haque on Sunday urged joint efforts of all national institutions to cope with second wave of Covid-19. Chairing an emergency meeting on handling of Covid-19 challenges he said the Ministry of IT and Telecom was committed for promotion of information technology in the country, radio Pakistan reported. He said role of IT was vital for tackling Covid-19 pandemic, while the efficient use of IT help improve online education system. Lauding the role of telecom industry, he said Ministry of IT would fully cooperate with telecom industry, adding that all the issues of cellular mobile operators would be resolved. ` Eatlier, former interior minister and Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator Abdul Rehman Malik has also demanded the government to impose national emergency during the second COVID-19 wave.
“The new strain of coronavirus is more dangerous and Spain has already implemented emergency till March,” he said while demanding imposition of national emergency through a statement on Wednesday.

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