Coronavirus: Pakistan raises COVID-19 vaccine budget to $250 million

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a person during door-to-door testing and screening facility for the new coronavirus, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP)

Pakistan has increased its funds allocation for purchasing COVID-19 vaccines amid a surge in the coronavirus.

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Dr. Nausheen Hamid, parliamentary secretary for National Health Services, says the budget for the vaccines has been enhanced to $250 million. Earlier, the government had set aside $150 million.

Pakistan recorded 3,369 new cases of the virus and 72 new deaths on Saturday.

A surge in the virus comes amid massive disregard by people for precautionary measures despite constant warnings by the authorities.

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Last Update: Sunday, 13 December 2020 KSA 11:48 - GMT 08:48