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Pakistan approves $150m funding for Covid-19 vaccine

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Pakistan on Tuesday approved $150 million (Dh551 million) in funding to buy Covid-19 vaccines, initially to cover the most vulnerable 5% of the population, the de facto health minister said.

The initial phase of vaccinations would focus on providing free shots for frontline health workers and people above the age of 65 years, Faisal Sultan told a news conference in Islamabad, adding that the go-ahead for funding the programme had been given at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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A panel of experts was compiling a list of recommendations on how to procure the vaccine, Sultan, the prime minister’s special adviser on health, said.

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