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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.
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.
Gallup Pakistan survey involving 1,000 participants found that 49% of respondents preferred not to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease. Federal Minister for Planning and NCOC head Asad Umar on Wednesday stated that Pakistan would begin vaccinating its frontline healthcare workers from next week. SAPM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan stated that government-backed vaccines would be free for citizens.
DRAP approves Russia's Sputnik-V for emergency use, meanwhile provinces inform NCOC that staff at teaching hospitals, and district and tehsil headquarters hospitals are nearing completion of their COVID-19 vaccination training. Researchers at the Montreal Heart institute find that colchicine helps significantly reduce the risk of developing complications and dying from COVID-19. Moderna finds its vaccine can protect against the UK and South African coronavirus variants
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