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  • Pakistan is about to obtain doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine within the first quarter of this 12 months
  • Healthcare employees, who work together immediately with coronavirus sufferers and folks over 65 years of age to be vaccinated first
  • Medics and professionals, who don’t are available in direct contact with the COVID-19 contaminated might be administered the vaccine within the second stage

The Punjab authorities has ready a three-stage plan to vaccinate its over 110 million inhabitants towards the coronavirus, mentioned well being officers.

As Pakistan is about to obtain doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine within the first quarter of this 12 months, Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, goals to vaccinate its residents in three phases.

Essentially the most weak or high-risk people might be given the vaccine jab within the first stage, Captain retired Muhammad Usman, secretary Punjab’s main and secondary healthcare division advised a press briefing on Thursday.

These first in line to be vaccinated will embrace healthcare employees, who work together immediately with coronavirus sufferers and folks over 65 years of age.

Within the second stage, medics and professionals, who don’t are available in direct contact with the COVID-19 contaminated might be administered the vaccine, in addition to folks over 60 years of age.

Lastly, within the final stage, the vaccination drive might be open to the remainder of the province, the secretary added.

With the assistance of the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority, the well being officers have recognized 0.5 million healthcare employees in Pakistan coping with coronavirus sufferers, Captain (r) Usman defined. Upwards to 9.5 million individuals are over the age of 65 years and 16.8 million are over 60 years within the nation. Each might be within the record of precedence teams.

Whereas speaking about the usage of fast antigen testing within the province, Nabeel Ahmad Awan, secretary of the specialised healthcare and medical schooling division, advised reporters that Punjab has determined towards using the fast testing kits for now.

“The price of a PCR test is cheaper these days than that of an antigen test,” he added, “Plus the antigen test is not as reliable as PCR.” An antigen check kits prices between Rs. 1,200 to 1,600 every whereas a PCR check prices round Rs. 700, Awan mentioned.

The secretary additionally mentioned that until now, the UK virus mutant pressure has not been detected in Punjab. 

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