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GoP to distribute COVID-19 vaccine free of cost

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC) Dr Nausheen Hamid on Monday (28th of Dec., 2020) stated that government of Pakistan (GoP) would provide free Covid-19 vaccination to all citizens. 

Government has allocated initial funding of $150 million to purchase COVID-19 vaccine directly from the international market by the second quarter of the next calendar year to begin immunizing its population of 220 million people.

She told that the Phase III of clinical trials of Chinese vaccines was proceeding well and free of cost shots would be available to the general public soon. She also mentioned that GoP has allowed the private sector to import vaccines and front line healthcare workers will be at the top of the vaccine priority list.

In the second stage, the elderly and at risk-population will get the vaccine and lastly, the common people, she added.
Replying a Question , she said government has already started tracking passengers who have arrived in the country from the United Kingdom after a new coronavirus strain was discovered in England.

She said government is tracing and testing people and those who test positive for the virus will be placed under quarantine, adding that the new coronavirus strain in the UK was very dangerous: “The virus has the capability to spread rapidly from an infected person,” she added.

According to her the coronavirus vaccines will be equally effective against the new mutant of the virus and there is no reason to panic. She said the transmissible of the new strain is a bit higher but this does not mean it is more lethal and more people are going to die due to it. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.