With just a few hundred-thousands of vaccines in supply remaining, the Federal Government is worryingly optimistic that it will receive an expected three million CanSinoBIO doses in time.
The tried and true smart lockdown policy might not work for the recent COVID-19 wave in which the UK variant, a far more transmissible mutation of the original virus, is wreaking havoc in Pakistan.

Is Pakistan buying COVID vaccine?

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March 12th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Pakistan has finalized a deal with a Chinese company for the purchase of COVID vaccine doses but critics say despite the agreement the country will not have enough doses on time to vaccinate the entire population.
February 10th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; The Supreme Court on Wednesday, February 10, passed a landmark verdict on the cases of mentally ill prisoners on death row, commuting the sentences of two inmates with severe schizophrenia while directing prison officials to file a fresh mercy petition for the third death row inmate.
February 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has noted that Lahore has become the epicenter of polio transmission in Punjab, casting doubt on the efficacy of the provincial government’s anti-polio eradication program. In its 19th monitoring report, the IMB noted that Punjab had remained free of sustained wild poliovirus transmission for more than two years, until mid-2018. “Lahore has become the epicenter of this transmission, with continuous detection of positive environmental samples and periodic incidence of polio cases,” the board said. According to the IMB assessment, the suboptimal quality of anti-polio eradication campaigns in parts of Lahore, many with migrant Pashtun communities, is largely responsible. The board warned that ‘it puts Lahore at risk of becoming an endemic reservoir like other provincial capitals that reinfect other parts of the country’.
January 31st, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A study has found conflict-hit parts of Balochistan have dismal health coverage for women and children as former chief minister Dr Abdul Malik said provision of healthcare infrastructure remains a challenge for successive governments.

Life in the Time of COVID

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The year has ended but COVID is still around. Will dealing with an uncertain future be the new normal in 2021? Voicepk.net brings to you the stories of five working women from across Pakistan, who have lost their livelihood due to the global pandemic, but not their strength.
December 22nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A report released by the Federal Ministry of Human Rights and the UNDP states that Pakistan’s prisons are overcrowded by 134%, with many inmates at risk of contracting the coronavirus due to their advanced age and poor health.
Dr. Chris Schmotzer, has been awarded the top German civil award, Order of Merit, for outstanding contribution to the treatment of leprosy in Pakistan.
December 5th, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; For HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, voicepk.net sat down with an HIV positive patient, who shed light on the hurdles patients face in our oppressive society, and dispelled several myths surrounding the disease