ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved an Rs20 billion technical supplementary grant on Monday to purchase 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in June.

The conference, headed by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, was explicitly convened to offer a supplemental technical grant of $130 million to the National Disaster Management Fund (NDMF) to enable the vaccine’s rapid acquisition.

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Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro, Federal Minister for Railways Azam Swati, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain, SAPM on Finance and Revenue Dr Waqar Masood, Finance Secretary, and other officials attended the meeting.

The need for more money will be reassessed throughout the following fiscal year (FY22), according to the finance ministry, and additional money will be allocated if needed.

The Ministry of National Health Services and provincial health ministries will be in charge of administering the vaccine.

It’s worth noting that Pakistan is expected to receive consignments of several Covid vaccinations totalling over five million doses in June.

Over 3.5 million doses of vaccines, including Sinovac, Sinopharm, and CanSino vaccines, are planned to arrive in the first ten days of June, while two consignments of Covid-19 vaccines, including Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, are planned to arrive under COVAX.

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