No case detected in Pakistan so far, says Dr Faisal Sultan

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  • Our precedence is to inoculate those that haven’t been vaccinated in any respect, says Dr Faisal Sultan.
  • Journey restrictions haven’t served as a method to manage the virus, says the well being official
  • “The brand new pressure’s transmissibility is quicker than any beforehand detected variant of COVID-19.”

ISLAMABAD: Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan stated that no case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Pakistan.

Speaking to Geo Pakistan, Dr Faisal Sultan shared {that a} assembly is scheduled right this moment on the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) throughout which pointers and insurance policies relating to the vaccination can be finalised.

“We can not management the Omicron variant from coming to Pakistan, however we are able to management its impression by ramping up the immunisation course of,” the well being minister stated.

“Our precedence is those that haven’t been vaccinated in any respect.”

“With extra individuals immunized, we are able to management the impression. It’s my attraction to the individuals to get vaccinated and observe SOPs,” he added.

What’s Omicron?

In a quick interview with Geo Information, Dr Sultan defined that the virus is detected by analyzing the spike protein for sure mutations that might be regarding.

He stated that the obtainable info [regarding Omicron] for the time being relies on assumptions. Nevertheless, he stated that after observing South Africa’s surge in infections, it has been established that the brand new pressure’s transmissibility is quicker than any beforehand detected variant of COVID-19.

He additionally stated that any info relating to illness severity and the flexibility of the virus to “escape” the immune response in vaccinated or recovered individuals remains to be not confirmed.

Preventive measures and journey insurance policies

Talking concerning the journey restrictions, Dr Sultan stated that it has been a problem to find the origin of the flights for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

“Journey restrictions haven’t served as a method to manage the virus. We are able to delay it [Omicron] however we can not forestall it from coming to Pakistan.”

Dr Sultan stated that the NCOC has taken all hospitals and their employees on board to cope with any emergency scenario that will come up within the nation.

Booster pictures

In the mean time, the federal government’s precedence is those that haven’t been vaccinated, Dr Sultan famous, including that the brand new plan for speedy immunisation has been made and can be introduced at an NCOC assembly on Tuesday.

He additionally acknowledged that info on booster pictures for individuals who are absolutely vaccinated can be shared on the assembly.