According to a statement issued by the World Bank that it has approved the provision of $153 million to support the ongoing national coronavirus vaccine campaign in Pakistan in a bid to help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per to details, The Board of Executive Directors of World Bank has approved the restructuring of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Effectiveness in Pakistan (PREP) project, which was originally approved in April 2020.
The statement further reads that these funds, redeployed at the request of the federal government, will help finance the purchase and deployment of safe and effective coronavirus vaccines that meet the eligibility criteria of the World Bank.
It also said that, The project will strengthen the health system’s capacity to implement the COVID-19 vaccination drive for its prioritised and eligible populations.
The World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Najy Benhassine said that “The 3rd wave of coronavirus emerged in Pakistan in March 2021 and is threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people,”
Najy Benhassine further added that “The World Bank remains a committed partner to support Pakistan in addressing this public health crisis, including through vaccination, and providing support to tackle the social and economic impacts of the pandemic,”
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