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27,228 registered frontline healthcare workers across Pakistan inoculated against COVID-19 so far, with Sindh accounting for nearly 77% of the total number of vaccinated medical professionals. Meanwhile, NCOC releases video to help dispel suspicions among medics regarding side-effects of the vaccine. Keep reading for more updates on the pandemic.
Just 34 registered frontline healthcare workers in the Islamabad have been administered China;s Sinopharm vaccine in the past week as most medics have opted to wait to ascertain health outcomes of the drug. A study found that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine provided 'minimal protection' against the South African COVID-19 variant which affects about 90% percent of South Africans.
SAPM on Health warns Sinopharm vaccine unsuitable for people over 60, pregnant and lactating women, and people under 18. Based on population size, Pakistan becomes COVAX programme's second priority nation. Punjab government reserves 7,280 beds for COVID-19 patients, 12% of which are currently occupied.
China to gift Pakistan 500,000 vials of Sinopharm vaccine as goodwill gesture by end of January, reveals Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi; Punjab Secondary Education Department carries out regular randomized testing in schools ahead of meeting to decide reopening primary and middle schools; Sputnik-V approaches DRAP for registration of vaccine which boasts 73 to 85 percent efficacy