Government decides prices for Russian, Chinese vaccines to be privately available

The federal cabinet has decided to cap maximum retail price of the Russian and Chinese Covid vaccine injections, being imported by the private sector. The government has fixed the maximum sale price of Sputnik V Russian vaccine at Rs8,449 for two doses and China’s Convidecia at Rs4,225 per injection. In Pakistan, Covid-19 vaccination is so far being carried out through the Adult Vaccination Counters (AVCs).

However, the government’s response to procure vaccines remained very slow and it is largely eyeing on donations to vaccinate the increasingly vulnerable population.

The World Bank and the ADB have offered loans to low and middle income countries to procure vaccines. The WB has recently restructured its worth $153 million Covid-19 related loan, which the health ministry said would be sufficient to cover over 10.5 million population.

Source: Express Tribune