Pakistan to provide free corona vaccine to people: Dr Faisal Sultan

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Dr Faisal Sultan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has decided to provide corona vaccine free of cost to the general public, this was announced by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan.

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital on Wednesday, he said that negotiations with two pharmaceutical companies are underway for procurement of vaccine as shortlisted by the Technical Committee with the approval of the Drug Regularity Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).

Govt of Pakistan is also in touch with the Chinese government for procuring anti-corona vaccine and the ambassador of the UK was also engaged in this regard, he added.

He said and added the government machinery is functional in procuring vaccines and we will be able to vaccinate 1.1 million people and procure vaccines for 200 million populations till the first quarter of this year.

On a question, he said the staff of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) will be tasked with shifting and storing vaccines across the country.

The frontline health workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of this process and it will be expanded gradually for other health workers and aged patients above the age of 60 years. “He said that registration of 400 thousand health workers has been completed in this regard,” he explained.

 

 

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