Dr. Faisal Sultan, Pakistan’s SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRIME MINISTER ON HEALTH, said there was no evidence that the new strain of coronavirus emerging in UK had reached Pakistan.
Countries around the world, including Pakistan, closed their borders with UK on Monday over concerns a highly contagious strain of coronavirus could pose a threat of food shortages days before UK leaves the European Union.
“We have no scientific evidence that the new UK tribe has reached Pakistan,” Sultan said at an online seminar organized by the Pakistan Society for Community Awareness and Empowerment (PACE).
“But we’re trying to find out if a new strain of coronavirus from Britain or elsewhere has worked here.”said dr faisal Sultan
“Even the UK authorities don’t have serious evidence that the virus is getting more contagious,” he added.
The World Health Organization also warned of grave concern about the new version of the virus, saying it was a normal part of the evolution of the pandemic.
Citing data from the UK, WHO officials said they had no evidence that the option made people worse or deadlier than existing strains of COVID-19, although it appeared more likely to spread.
Regarding the availability of vaccines in Pakistan, Sultan said the implementation of the first vaccines will start in the first quarter of next year. Efforts are underway to vaccinate half a million workers from the front by the end of February to March. 2021
“We have three to four vaccine options, but we are trying to get more than one vaccine for our people,” he said. Pakistanis aged between 18 and 60 years are expected to receive the vaccine in the second or third quarter of 2021, Sultan said.
“We are looking at European, Chinese and even Russian vaccination options, but this will be a combination of us and we will get it from more than one source for our people,” said the head of health.
On Thursday, Pakistan reported 111 new deaths from the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the last week of June.
According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 portal, Pakistan has registered 2,256 new infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 465,070 with 9,668 deaths.
Via: Arab News