ISLAMABAD: The Transparency International, Pakistan has expressed concern on the Sindh government’s buying coronavirus vaccines at 323 percent higher rates.
In a letter to National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) Chairman Asad Umar, the TI Pakistan stated that the illegal procurement of 10 million doses of CanSino Covid-19 vaccines from a private importer might cause a loss of Rs30 billion to the national exchequer.
It said that the price approved by the provincial government was 323 percent more expensive than the rate approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).
“The government of Sindh on Apr 2 placed orders with AJM Pharma to supply 10 million doses of CanSino Covid-19 vaccine, which is against the federal government’s instructions,” said the TI. It maintained that the MRP for CanSino vaccine (Chinese) approved by the DRAP was also a case of over invoicing.
The TI said that the chief NCOC was requested to issue directives to the centre and all the provincial governments for direct procurement of COVID-19 vaccines from the approved manufacturer only, in a bid to avoid huge loss to the exchequer in the form of purchase at highly inflated DRAP approved MRP of CanSino vaccine at Rs4,225 against actual MRP of Rs1,000.