Pakistan’s high well being official says the COVID-19 variant that devastated neighboring India, inflicting document infections and deaths, has not but been detected in Pakistan
Faisal Sultan stated Pakistan was nonetheless in the midst of a 3rd wave of infections that started earlier this yr, flooding hospitals with COVID sufferers. However he stated he hoped the tide of latest instances would subside within the coming weeks.
“I do not foresee an India-like scenario in Pakistan,” he advised The Related Press.
Pakistan not too long ago supplied medical help to India to assist deal with the COVID-19 disaster there, however the Overseas Ministry says New Delhi didn’t reply. Pakistan and India have a historical past of bitter relations and so they have fought two of their wars over Kashmir since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.
Sultan stated Pakistan averted an analogous state of affairs to India as a result of 1000’s of beds have been added to hospitals and the manufacturing of oxygen was elevated as a part of a contingency plan.
Nevertheless, Sultan stated that “we’re not out of the woods but” and other people ought to get vaccinated in the event that they wish to return to a traditional life.
His feedback got here hours after Pakistan reported one of many lowest single-day loss of life tolls from COVID-19 in latest months, with 57 fatalities
Pakistan has repeatedly expressed grief over the COVID-19 scenario in India, the place authorities reported 4,454 new deaths within the final 24 hours, bringing India’s whole fatalities from the virus to 303,720 out of 27 million instances.
Pakistan has registered about 903,600 instances and 20,308 confirmed deaths for the reason that pandemic started in early 2020.
Sultan stated Pakistan would attempt to vaccinate a 3rd of the nation’s inhabitants by the top of this yr. “Pakistan is providing free vaccinations to all, there isn’t any discrimination between wealthy and poor,” Sultan stated.
Sultan stated the Pakistani authorities has to date vaccinated greater than 5 million individuals, in comparison with solely 35,000 who have been vaccinated with doses imported commercially.
He stated Pakistan after months of wait obtained its first provide of COVID-19 vaccines by way of the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, over 1.2 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, earlier this month. Nevertheless, he stated Pakistan is counting on vaccines bought from China and sufficient funds have been out there for such purchases.