Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to pre-order coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday, and Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the decision.
Congressional Health Minister Dr. Nausheen Hamid confirmed that Pakistan is contacting two international manufacturers to pre-order vaccines, and hopes that the deal can be finalized.
Sources privy to the matter have informed that the health ministry has recommended allotting $ 100 million for doses of ten million individuals. The vaccine will be administered to health workers and elderly persons on priority basis.
It is pertinent here to mention that US biotech firm Moderna on Monday announced its experimental vaccine against Covid-19 was 94.5 percent effective, marking a second major breakthrough in the vaccine hunt.
After the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech stated last week that their vaccine is 90% effective, Moderna announced the early results of a clinical trial with more than 30,000 participants.