Addressing a press convention in Islamabad, the prime minister’s aide mentioned stories in regards to the non-availability of Sinopharm vaccine had been “baseless” and guaranteed that it was the well being authorities’ precedence to manage the vaccine’s second dose to individuals who had obtained a Sinopharm shot the primary time.
Nevertheless, he defined, for the reason that Sinopharm vaccine could also be reserved for second doses in case of a scarcity, these visiting a vaccination centre for his or her first dose could also be administered one other vaccine.
“The precedence will at all times be that an individual is run each the doses of the identical vaccine,” Dr Sultan mentioned, including that vital measures had been taken for the aim.
He additionally rejected stories concerning the unwanted effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine, terming them “misinformation” and “deceptive”.
“The vaccine is in use in a variety of international locations in Europe and outdoors it,” he mentioned, giving the instance of Australia, Eire and South Korea, amongst others.
Dr Sultan added that there have been only a few unwanted effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine and circumstances of clotting attributable to it had been a uncommon incidence.
Even then, to additional scale back the probabilities of clotting due to the vaccine, it could be administered solely to individuals above the age of 40, the prime minister’s aide mentioned.
He additional acknowledged that the variety of case s of vaccine unwanted effects had been “negligible” — simply 4,329 towards 3.8 million doses administered to date in Pakistan.
And virtually all of those unwanted effects have been “gentle and anticipated,” he mentioned, including that 90 per cent of the circumstances pertained to ache on the website of injection and fever.
He mentioned six of the circumstances, which appeared severe, had been investigated and all had been discovered to be coincidental and never attributable to Covid-19 vaccines.
Dr Sultan had additionally shared this info on Twitter earlier within the day.
He urged folks to get vaccinated and guaranteed that the federal government would proceed to obtain Covid-19 vaccine doses in order that the vaccination course of continued unhampered.
“The extra individuals are vaccinated, the upper would be the probabilities of life returning again to regular.”
The prime minister’s aide additionally appealed to residents to comply with coronavirus-related customary working procedures and share info solely from trusted and genuine sources, such because the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC’s) web site, the well being ministry’s web site and verified social media accounts.
The NCOC on Tuesday mentioned that as many as 964,227 folks have been totally vaccinated in Pakistan. This consists of the 131,047 individuals who had been vaccinated within the final 24 hours. A complete of three,836,291 vaccine doses have been administered within the nation to this point, it added.
Pakistan has reported 882,928 coronavirus circumstances to this point, of whom 19,752 sufferers have died attributable to problems arising from the virus.