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Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan speaks to the media on the NCOC. Picture: Screengrab 
  • SAPM Dr Faisal Sultan says there’s misinformation relating to the federal government’s plan on shopping for vaccines.
  • SAPM says there was a delay within the vaccine’s arrival within the nation due to provide points being confronted the world over.
  • Urges individuals to observe coronavirus SOPs and observe Eid with simplicity.

Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan assured the nation on Tuesday that the federal government was not solely counting on items and donations for coronavirus vaccines and had a purchase order plan in place.

Chatting with the media from the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Dr Sultan mentioned misinformation was circulating relating to the federal government’s plan relating to buy of vaccines. 

He mentioned that the federal government has signed contracts with three vaccine corporations to safe provides of the COVID-19 vaccination photographs.

“To say that the government is waiting to receive vaccines as gifts is incorrect,” mentioned Dr Sultan.

The SAPM defined that there was a delay within the vaccine’s arrival to the nation due to provide shortages the world over.

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“Many countries were not able to get vaccines despite advance booking,” defined Dr Sultan, giving examples of Canada and Australia. 

He added that the federal government was additionally but to obtain vaccines from world alliance COVAX because of the provide chain points.

Dr Sultan defined that the federal government had already bought three million doses of the out there vaccines until March 30.

Dr Sultan additionally shared that 1,200 vaccination centres have been established throughout Pakistan and a couple of million individuals have been inoculated to this point.

Dr Sultan warns of lockdown

Like different authorities officers who’ve spoken on the matter lately, the SAPM on well being as soon as once more warned {that a} lockdown could possibly be imposed in several cities if the coronavirus state of affairs doesn’t enhance.

The SAPM mentioned that the NCOC evaluations the coronavirus state of affairs each day and receives an replace on the state of affairs of the well being system in varied cities. He added that the healthcare system’s capability was growing each day.

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Relating to oxygen provide, the de facto well being minister of the nation mentioned {that a} committee of the NCOC is monitoring oxygen distribution and the crops producing the important fuel. He added that the federal government also can import oxygen from varied international locations if want be.

He urged the individuals to put on masks and observe social distancing and appealed to the general public to watch Eid with simplicity this yr.

Pakistan information 10.20% positivity price

The minister’s attraction comes as Pakistan battles a extreme third wave of COVID-19. 

Pakistan recorded over 4,400 new infections within the final 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 804,939 on Tuesday.

In keeping with the federal government’s database for monitoring the unfold of coronavirus, Pakistan carried out 43,981 COVID-19 checks out of which 4,487 returned constructive.

With 142 new fatalities, the overall coronavirus dying toll in Pakistan has reached 17,329. The best dying toll within the final 24 hours was reported in Punjab, which noticed 107 new deaths.

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The nation’s common positivity price has risen to 10.2% with 87,794 lively instances, whereas the variety of recoveries nationwide has reached 699,816 to this point.

With the intention to mitigate losses incurred from intensifying the third wave of coronavirus, the federal government has additionally positioned numerous restrictions limiting social exercise and limiting public mobility. 

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