Pakistan achieves vaccination goal for 2021 as Omicron spreads

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Individuals sit subsequent to a coronavirus illness (COVID-19) check signal outdoors the Faculty of Nursing in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), in Karachi, Pakistan December 9, 2021. — Reuters/File
  • Pakistan vaccinates 70 million individuals.
  • Islamabad leads vaccination drive.
  • Greater than 100 Omicron circumstances detected in nation.

Pakistan on Friday introduced it has achieved the 2021 goal of vaccinating 70 million individuals in opposition to coronavirus amid rising circumstances of the brand new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

The Omicron variant — dubbed as a “variant of concern” by the World Well being Organisation — emerged in November to develop into the pandemic’s dominant variant, driving new circumstances at document charges world wide.

In a sequence of tweets, Chairman Nationwide Command and Operation Centre Asad Umar mentioned the federal authorities has to this point procured vaccines value almost Rs250 billion.

The NCOC chairman highlighted that Islamabad leads the depend because it has totally vaccinated 77% of its inhabitants, Punjab 51%, Gilgit-Baltistan 46%, Azad Jammu and Kashmir 45%, Balochistan 42%, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 41%, and Sindh 37%.

Umar mentioned 46% of the eligible inhabitants has been totally vaccinated and 63% partially vaccinated, including that the federal authorities had supplied free vaccines to individuals throughout each province.

Pakistan has administered a complete of 156.6 million doses to this point, in accordance with the NCOC.

Praising the NCOC for coordinating with provincial well being authorities and enjoying its half in serving to Pakistan obtain the vaccination goal, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked the discussion board for its work.

Nonetheless, the WHO has warned of making an attempt occasions forward, saying Omicron may result in “a tsunami of circumstances”.

“This […] will proceed to place immense stress on exhausted well being employees, and well being programs getting ready to collapse,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has mentioned.

Pakistan’s battle in opposition to COVID-19 continues to rage with the added problem of Omicron spreading, as Islamabad reported 34 Omicron optimistic circumstances in a single day as we speak, taking the overall toll within the Federal Capital to 64, in accordance with the district well being officer.

The primary Omicron case of the nation was reported on December 13 in Karachi, and to this point, in accordance with a Geo.television tally, the overall variety of circumstances quantity at the least 133.

Earlier this week, officers warned that Pakistan could expertise the fifth wave of COVID-19 within the mid of February 2022 with each day detection of round 3,000-4,000 circumstances per day.

“Transmission of Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 has began in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and we worry an increase in COVID-19 circumstances everywhere in the nation within the coming two weeks,” an official of the Nationwide Well being Providers, Rules and Coordination (NHSR&C) advised The Information.

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