Pakistan decides to procure Pfizer vaccines
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Health has decided to procure Pfizer-BioNTech’s mRNA coronavirus vaccine and initially one million doses would be bought, HUM News reported quoting sources.
The Pfizer company has assured to provide its vaccine, which would be bought through the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). 23 ultra-cold chain freezers have been bought for storage of the vaccines, which will reportedly arrive here in July or August.
The sources within the Ministry of Health have confirmed that a discussion was held regarding procurement of Pfizer’s vaccine and it would be administered to the people with low immunity.
43 more deaths due to Coronavirus infection and 2,117 new positive cases have been reported in Pakistan.
According to the statistics issued by the National Command and Operation Center on Monday, 52,223 tests were conducted in the same period while positivity ratio remained four point zero five percent.
The number of total deaths due to Coronavirus across the country has now reached 20,779.
On the other hand, the Economic Coordination Committee has approved a technical supplementary grant of about Rs20 billion for procurement of ten million doses of Covid-19 vaccine next month.
Its meeting chaired by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin was held in Islamabad on Monday.
According to the Finance Ministry, the need for additional funds will be reviewed during the next fiscal year and additional funds will be provided accordingly.
The administration of the Vaccine shall be the responsibility of Ministry of National Health Services and Provincial Health Departments.