ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Tarin held a special meeting with the Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division Omar Ayub Khan. Also present in the meeting was Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan to review the COVID-19 vaccine availability situation in the country.

As NCOC chairman, planning minister briefed the meeting that the NCOC forum reviews the situation weekly and makes all possible efforts in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders that the vaccine supply chain is not disrupted. He said that almost every country is securing its supplies in advance, which builds pressure to make immediate payments.

Economic Affairs Division (EAD) also briefed the finance minister on the availability of credit lines with our development partners for vaccine procurement.

The finance minister said that providing safety to our citizens through timely vaccine procurement is the government’s foremost priority. He directed EAD to start the process of availing the credit lines with our development partners for ensuring timely payments to the vendors as no compromise will be made on the health of the Pakistanis. The Finance Minister also directed Finance Division to ensure timely disbursement of funds as per supplies schedules.


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