The Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Asad
Umar, has said that the government will start enrolling for COVID-19 vaccination
for all residents after Eid-ul-Fitr.He published this during an informal discussion
with senior journalists on Thursday, days after the government built the single-
dose vaccine Cansino from China. Minister Umar said that the following five to
six weeks are critical for the continuous third stream of the pandemic in Pakistan.
“So far 14,000 people had acquired treatment through the individual sector, while
1.1 million were inoculated as part of the government campaign,” he said. He replied
that China is Pakistan’s primary source for COVID-19 vaccines and that the Cansino
vaccines will also be available in the country after Eid. The minister was assured
that the administration will be ready to protect more than 125,000 people per day
after Eid. He showed his concern for the growing number of severe cases, noting
that it has become much higher than it had during the first wave. He noted that
the situation could only managed with strict implementation of COVID-19 SOPs,
and urged the public to help with the government in this regard.
Pakistan has reported 5,329 coronavirus events and 98 deaths during the last 24
hours. This is the largest number of daily viruses so far this year, as well as the
highest since 16 June 2020 when 5,090 cases recorded.