ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Thursday said that the government plans to open registration for Covid-19 vaccination for all citizens after Eid.
While speaking to the senior journalists at National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to speed up vaccine acquisition so that all citizens get dose after Eid.
The minister termed the next five to six weeks “critical” for the ongoing third wave of the virus in Pakistan.
He said so far 14,000 people had received vaccination through the private sector, while 1.1 million were inoculated as part of the government campaign.
The announcement comes a day after over 100 deaths were reported for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, taking the overall tally to 15,000 mortalities.
The minister also said China was Pakistan’s “primary source” for vaccination, for now, adding that the Cansino Covid-19 vaccine will also be available in the country after Eid.
“We will be able to vaccinate more than 125,000 people per day after Eid,” Umar told media representatives.
He noted with concern that the current number of critical care patients in the country was higher than during the first coronavirus wave.
“Strict enforcement of SOPs (standard operating procedures) can bring down the rising rate of infection,” he stressed.
Earlier, Federal Minister announced that Pakistan has administered coronavirus vaccines to more than 1 million people so far.
In a Twitter post, Umar stated that “Total vaccinations carried out so far crossed 1 million. More than 76 thousand vaccinations were carried out yesterday,” adding that “Total number of people registered so far is now over 2 million. 600k health care workers and more than 1.4 million 50 plus. Please register if u are 50 plus.”
In another tweet, the federal minister urged that. “Increased restrictions, broader lockdowns & stronger sop enforcement starting to have an effect. Initial signs of positivity slowing. However, due to the momentum of the last 2 weeks patients on critical care & mortality will stay at high levels for some time. Please follow sop’s & be safe.”
Pakistan reported 5,329 coronavirus cases and 98 deaths during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of daily Covid-19 infections so far this year as well as the highest since June 16, 2020, when 5,090 cases were reported.