ISLAMABAD: Transparency International Pakistan has asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the policy of allowing the import of the Corona vaccines on a private basis and repeal it completely. Governments around the world are getting the vaccine and giving it to their citizens for free because it is the responsibility of the state.
In a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, Justice (retd) Nasira Iqbal, chairperson of Transparency International Pakistan, pointed out that Pakistan is one of the few countries that would allow the private sector to import and sell Covid-19 vaccines, and it will pave the way for corruption because there is a possibility that government vaccines could be sold to private hospitals.
The letter referred to the purchase of 50,000 doses of Sputnik-V by the private sector in Pakistan and said that the Federal Cabinet had set a maximum price of Rs. 8,449 for two doses of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine and the price of China’s Invisia injection has been fixed at Rs. 422.
The default price for the Sputnik-V vaccine is $10 globally, which means that two doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine are available internationally for $20, although the approved commercial sale price in Pakistan is international. 160% higher than the price, it is also worth mentioning here that the cost of a dose of Gamalia Center / Sputnik-V vaccine in India is less than 734 Indian rupees.
Considering the difference in the value of the currency with this rate, the price of Sputnik-V in Pakistan should be Rs. 1,500, Justice Iqbal said in his letter, adding that the price of the vaccine in Pakistan is Rs. 150 as compared to the international market. The percentage is higher.