Pakistan is mulling over administering a third dose of the two-dose Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to some of its elderly citizens, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan, has disclosed. The moves come after UAE started administering a third of Sinopharm’s vaccine last month after initial and booster doses did not develop the required level of immunity among some elderly individuals.
Pakistan will import Chinese Cansino Biologics Covid-19 vaccines in bulk to package three million doses locally, said Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. The bulk vaccine received will be formulated, sterilised and packed in Pakistan. For this purpose special equipment has been procured and manpower is being trained. The bulk dose will arrive in mid-April.
Asad Umar, the head of Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has revealed that the country would now start registering people aged above 50 years to receive the coronavirus vaccine, starting March 30. He encouraged everyone in that age bracket to get registered. Registration for people over 60 is ongoing. The two-dose Sinopharm vaccine is being given in this phase.
The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), will meet today, Tuesday, to revisit last month’s decision to lift several coronavirus restrictions as COVID-19 cases have surged. On Monday, the NCOC held a meeting chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and discussed rising positivity rates, corresponding actions, and the national vaccine strategy.
A Toronto-based Pakistani doctor has introduced an instant Covid-19 diagnostic test using a smartphone. Dr Naqeeb Khalid, who graduated from King Edward Medical University in 1983, says his innovation is based on a digital platform that displays the result instantly on any smartphone and can also communicate or store the results along with time and GPS information.
Scientists at Karachi’s Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) believe Pakistan is likely to become the first country to complete the research on intravenous immunoglobulin (C-IVIG) therapy for the treatment coronavirus. The scientist conducting the clinical trials needed to introduce the treatment at a mass level say that ‘severe’ patients who had received the product had a 100 percent recovery rate.
The Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health (SAPM), Dr. Faisal Sultan has said that the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available in Pakistan by February or March 2021. Dr. Faisal revealed that the federal cabinet has allocated funds for the procurement of the vaccine. The frontline healthcare workers will be the first priority followed by the elderly population.
Health minister of India’s Haryana state has tested positive for COVID-19, days after he volunteered himself to received locally developed vaccine against the virus in the human phase trials. The BJP minister, Anil Vij announced about his infection on Twitter. India media reports says Vij took vaccine shot of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin less than two weeks ago. The India-made vaccine
United Arab Emirates-based Pakistani doctor, who contracted the coronavirus while treating blue collar workers at a small clinic in Abu Dhabi and died of COVID-19 on May 15, was recognized as a martyr and national hero by the Gulf state. Dr. Usman, who belonged to Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, worked for a private health care group for 11 years but lost his job in 2019.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has recommended closing down cinemas, theaters and shrines across the country as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The NCOC also suggested early and extended winter vacations in schools and colleges to reduce the disease spread and ensure the safety of students. For restaurants, only take-away and outdoor dining to be allowed till 10 pm.