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Pakistan US to Escalate Healthcare Sector Collaboration

Author: Iqra Zafar
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Pakistan and US are looking to promote collaboration in the healthcare sector, said Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US.

Washington DC: Pakistan’s Ambassador to US, Masood Khan addressed 80 international students and healthcare professionals at John Hopkins University. Addressing the attendees, he said that a structural dialogue is ongoing between the US and Pakistan.

This dialogue is meant to promote collaboration in the healthcare sector in diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, commercial cooperation, and public-private dialogue for the promotion of bilateral trade and healthcare sector investment.

Addressing the students, the Ambassador mentioned that Pakistan is also seeking institutional collaboration between the countries. They are looking to promote the collaboration between (the Centre for Disease Control) CDC and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination (NHSRC) alongside the Nation Institute of Health (NIH).

 

“Pakistan would also invite and involve US pharma to develop Pak pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors,” said Masood. Khan added “We are grateful to the United States for donating 62 million Covid vaccines which is one of largest donations to any country in the world.”

“We are also seeking US cooperation for manufacturing vaccines for various variants of Covid and future pandemics,” he added. “Right now, Pakistan is investing its energies in preparedness and response for the future pandemics,” the Ambassador continued.

Masood Khan said that “This unique opportunity must be fully utilized to equip yourself with the skills to serve humanity and to transform health care systems in your respective countries through better networking, connectivity, and coordination.” “You are all change agents to bring about transformation and connect your respective countries with each other,” said the ambassador.

He also urged the students and healthcare professionals to show the professionalism and commitment needed to deal with challenges in the healthcare sector in Pakistan.  “Pandemic was a reminder that it is not about the safety of one but the safety of all that matters,” Masood added.

He additionally had a session with Pakistani students at John Hopkins University.