Mumbai: Pakistan has paid USD 100 million for the advance payment for the purchase of the coronavirus vaccine and when it is available, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 3,63,380 on Wednesday.
According to a Dawn newspaper report, funds were approved for the initial purchase of senior citizens, health practitioners, and people suffering from chronic diseases with priority in treatment.
Chairman of the National Vaccine Committee, Dr. Asad Hafeez said that it would take a few months more to get this vaccine.
“The Ministry of National Health Service (NHS) is negotiating and negotiating with half a dozen multinational companies to get the vaccine as soon as possible,” he said.
A Health Ministry official said that at the moment it was not possible to estimate the cost of the vaccine, as there were no mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccines in the world.
He added, “We must also forget that companies are not manufacturing vaccines. Despite their announcement that vaccines will be made available at cheaper rates. We should not expect that it will be available almost for free.”