Prime Minister Imran Khan has on Tuesday directed the health ministry to start the production of Coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan.
According to sources, the Prime Minister suggested that the ministry prepare proposals for the vaccine in consultation with all government stakeholders and the private sector.
In the letter written today (Tuesday), PM Imran also referenced his recent correspondence with the United States, stating that the country has agreed to cooperate with Pakistan in the development and production of the vaccine.
“The United States will first distribute the coronavirus vaccine among its citizens before sending it out to countries who are its allies,” the letter stated.
PM Imran Khan also directed the health ministry to immediately send him the recommendations once consultations have been carried out with all the stakeholders.
On November 21, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had approved a technical supplementary grant worth $150 million to book coronavirus vaccines from international manufacturers.
Prime Minister calls for Castration Punishment for rapists
Earlier in a day, Prime Minister Imran Khan presided the cabinet session in Islamabad that approved castration punishment for rape convicts.
The approval was given after the law ministry presented a draft of the anti-rape ordinance. It also includes increasing women’s role in policing, fast-tracking rape cases and witness protection.
“We need to ensure a safe environment for our citizens,” the premier added.
Imran Khan said that the legislation will be transparent and clear with strict enforcement. He said the rape survivors will be able to register complaints without fear, adding that the government will protect their identity.
Furthermore, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan took to his Twitter handle and said that the the law will soon be presented before the Parliament.
بچوں اور خواتین سے زیادتی کرنے والے وحشی درندوں کے خلاف سخت سے سخت سزاؤں، اسپیشل پولیسنگ, فاسٹ ٹریک مقدمات، گواہوں اور وکٹمز کو تحفظ, ریپسٹ کا ڈیٹا بینک, فوری اور تیز رفتار تفتیش اور دیگر نکاط پر مبنی مسودہ تیار کر لیا گیا ہے – جلد پارلیمنٹ سے منظور کروا کے لاگو ہو جائے گا – https://t.co/5LurzKVeEd
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) November 24, 2020