ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday composed a letter to the Federal Ministry of Health, directing it to begin the procedure of the coronavirus vaccine production.
Sources told Geo News that the prime minister suggested that the ministry prepare proposals for the vaccine in assessment with all government stakeholders along with the economic sector.
In the letter, the prime minister also referenced his recent correspondence with the United States, specifying that the country has agreed to comply with Pakistan in the development and production of the vaccine.
” The United States will initially disperse the coronavirus vaccine amongst its people before sending it out to countries who are its allies,” the letter stated, according to sources.
PM Imran Khan also directed the health ministry to instantly send him the recommendations when consultations have been carried out with all the stakeholders.
On November 21, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had approved a technical supplementary grant worth $150 million to book coronavirus vaccines from worldwide manufacturers.
The decision was taken after assessing a proposition sent by the Ministry of National Health Providers throughout a conference chaired by Financing Advisor Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.
The ECC had actually also directed the ministry to draw a proposition concerning the rates and threat mitigation mechanism for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine for arrangement on a larger scale.