The ban on the export of Tyvek suits and anti-malarial drugs including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine has been lifted by the federal cabinet. In a meeting of the cabinet, this decision was taken as a summary prepared by the Ministry of Commerce was reviewed.
Now there is no restriction on the export of any personal protective equipment (PPE), as the ban on Tyvek suits has been lifted. In late Feb 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic his Pakistan, a ban was imposed on different types of PPE by the federal cabinet.
A committee was constituted under Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood’s chairmanship by the federal cabinet in which all the relevant stakeholders were taken on board to supervise the stock position of different kinds of PPE.
The committee was also asked to have suggestions regarding the export of the items for the consideration of the cabinet. Then the topic of export of all materials related to COVID-19 was transferred by the National Command and Operation Centre to the committee.
There were regular meetings of the committee and based on the committee’s recommendation the ban was lifted on all the items excluding the Tyvek suits.
In the meeting of the policy board of Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), the Ministry of National Health Services, which had representation in the committee recommended that the ban on the export of all anti-malaria drugs must be lifted.
The committee also suggested the end of the ban. Once the ban on PPE and anti-malarial drugs is lifted, the committee will keep monitoring the stock position and necessity in the country.