Senate passes resolution to provide free coronavirus vaccine

ISLAMABAD: The upper house of parliament has approved the resolution on free corona vaccinations.

Senator Kamran Murtaza from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan (JUI-P) presented a resolution in the senate for providing the free coronavirus vaccine to all Pakistan citizens which were passed by the Senate.

The resolution reads, “Citizens are being vaccinated free against coronavirus in most countries while vaccination is very expensive in Pakistan. Pakistan has contracted a private company to order vaccine.”

The resolution says that the cost of vaccine in other countries is Rs 1500. “This violates Article 38 of the Constitution,” the resolution further reads.

Kamran Murtaza’s resolution received 43 votes in favour while 31 votes were cast against it.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Yousuf Raza Gilani said that coronavirus is a global pandemic and vaccine should be provided free for all citizens and it should not be politicized at all as coronavirus is everyone’s problem.

Gilani also demanded the price of vaccines in the open market should be kept low.

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