$150 million approved for COVID-19 vaccine

The prime minister, in the cabinet meeting, said that Pakistan was in need of serious efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Radio Pakistan

The Federal Cabinet under the chair of Prime Minister Imran Khan has given a go ahead to allocate 150 million dollars to buy anti-coronavirus vaccine.

The meeting of the federal cabinet was held on Tuesday in Islamabad in which among other important decisions it was also decided that $150 million would be spent to get COVID-19 vaccine.

The details of the meeting were shared by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Dr Faisal Sultan and Information & Broadcasting Minister Shibli Faraz.

Dr Faisal Sultan said while talking to the journalists that the government was in talks with a few companies to buy anti-coronavirus vaccine. He also said that medical workers and aged people would be vaccinated in the first round of vaccination.

The prime minister, in the cabinet meeting, said that Pakistan was in need of serious efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He asked the authorities to make sure that the vaccine would be made timely available in the country in any case.

The prime minister also said that the country had seen 67 deaths on the last day of November that was the highest number so far but political demonstrations from the opposition parties was just like playing with the lives of poor people.

The cabinet meeting also permitted to decrease the price of 100 mg injection of REMDESIVIR that is used as a cure for coronavirus from Rs 9,244 to Rs 5,680.

He also asked the relevant authorities to make sure that domestic consumers and the industries exporting the goods to foreign countries were having nonstop gas supply.

He said that a way-out should be formulated to let the consumers know about the supply and availability of gas the whole year.

Speaking to the journalists at the end, Shibli Faraz requested the PDM parties to stop their rallies and demonstrations immediately as the second wave of coronavirus was already touching the peak.

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