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Despite govt optimism, a vaccine shortfall is on the horizon
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.
COVID Watch | 11th February 2021
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.
COVID Watch | 9th February 2021
CanSinoBIO Phase III clinical trials in Pakistan record an efficacy of 74.8% in protecting against COVID-19 symptoms and 100% protection against developing severe complications. WHO, DRAP and EPI conduct workshop on monitoring 'adverse events' following COVID-19 immunization. Sindh to purchase 20 million vaccine doses from China.
COVID Watch | 8th February 2021
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.
COVID Watch | 4th February 2021
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.
COVID Watch | 3rd February 2021
Prof. Dr. Rana Imran Sikander of PIMS becomes first healthcare worker to receive shot of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine as vaccination drive officially launches on Wednesday. February 1 becomes deadliest day for Punjab since beginning of 2021 with 46 succumbing to the novel coronavirus disease. International medical journal confirms 92% efficacy for Russia's Sputnik V.
COVID Watch | 2nd February 2021
Pakistan will begin vaccinating registered frontline healthcare workers in the next few days following the arrival of half-a-million Sinopharm vaccine vials on Monday. Sindh is set to receive 83,000 doses of the COVID-19 drug while it has registered some 170,000 healthcare workers for inoculation. A team from NCOC surveying nine vaccination centers set up in Karachi expressed its satisfaction of the facilities.
COVID Watch | 1st February 2021
COVAX confirms 17 million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses for Pakistan in the first half of 2021, while 500,000 vials of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine arrive in the country as a goodwill gesture from China. Islamabad sets up nine vaccination centers for the inoculation of some 17,000 registered frontline healthcare workers. Punjab issues new SOP as on-campus classes for primary, middle and university students resume today.
COVID Watch | 29th January 2021
Research for CanSinoBIO vaccine has now entered the follow-up stage for which it has entered an agreement with the PITB to keep in contact with 18,000 volunteers. Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar approves Rs. 50 million to purchase gene-sequencing technology. Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid announces that Punjab has completed its COVAX trials.
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