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Pakistan hopes to procure Covid-19 vaccine by first trimester of 2021: Dr Faisal Sultan

The government hopes to procure Covid-19 vaccine in the first trimester of 2021, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Faisal Sultan told the media on Tuesday.

Dr Sultan was responding to a question during a press conference alongside Information Minister Shibli Faraz after a federal cabinet meeting.

He further said that the federal cabinet has approved the Economic Coordination Committee's recommendation to allocate $150 million to acquire a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.

The SAPM said that the government will consider multiple factors before procuring a vaccine, which include: type of vaccine, efficacy and storage requirements. He added that several companies that are working on the development of a vaccine have been shortlisted and initial negotiations have started.

More to follow.

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