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Govt ought to’ve bought COVID-19 vaccine from China earlier, says Ahsan Iqbal

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Govt should've purchased COVID-19 vaccine from China earlier, says Ahsan Iqbal

LAHORE: Senior PML-N chief Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday mentioned that the PTI authorities, as an alternative of losing time, ought to have introduced the COVID-19 vaccine from China at discounted charges to manage the scenario in a well timed trend.

Taking to his Twitter account, Ahsan Iqbal mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s authorities “kept waiting for charity-based vaccine”  from the World Well being Organisation. 

He added that the federal government has cash to pay “bribe worth Rs500 million to its MNAs” however didn’t have the means to buy the vaccine from China to guard the general public. 

“Countries which really cared about their population had placed orders for the vaccines ahead of time,” he wrote. 

A day in the past,  Federal Minister for Planning, Improvement and Particular Initiatives Asad Umar had introduced that Pakistan will likely be receiving doses of the British-manufactured AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine this yr.

He mentioned he has obtained a letter from COVAX on this regard, which has indicated that 17 million doses will likely be given to Pakistan within the first half of 2021.

“Good news on COVID vaccine front. Received a letter from COVAX of [an] indicative supply of up to 17 million doses of AstraZeneca in 1st half 2021,” he mentioned.

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