NCOC to Finalize Recommendations for Procurement of Coronavirus Vaccine


Earlier today, Asad Umar Federal Minister for Planning and Development along with the head of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced that the forum has confirmed its recommendations for obtaining the coronavirus vaccine today.

According to the reports, Asad Umar after the meeting said via Twitter that the task force of experts headed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan had developed the recommendations which were discussed and settled today.

Now, the finalized references will be presented to the federal cabinet tomorrow for its approval.

Earlier on November 23rd, it appeared that the federal government had decided to approach international donors for financial assistance to buy the coronavirus vaccine.

The government is likely to communicate with the World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and UNICEF for backing for the bulk-buying of dosages of the vaccine. The health ministry will approach the multilateral donors through the Economic Affairs Division.

Moreover, it will negotiate with them for financial aid or a loan with no strings attached, and as per the sources, the health ministry has begun working on a logical plan for the purpose.

It is significant to mention here that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had previously approved a technical supplementary grant worth $150 million for the advance purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Prior to the month, Pakistan made a decision to purchase the possible vaccines of coronavirus in advance and permission was sought from PM Khan by the health ministry, adding that the health ministry suggested purchases of potential coronavirus vaccines under last-stage trials and allocation of $100 million funds for its advance booking.

Furthermore, PM Khan had also permitted precise funding for the advance purchase of the coronavirus vaccine.

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