ISLAMABAD: Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Nationwide Well being Companies, Rules and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan on Wednesday mentioned that the federal government is making honest efforts to make sure the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine in any respect vaccination centres.
In a media briefing, Dr Sultan mentioned that thus far 20 million residents have been vaccinated as the federal government secured ample doses within the month of June to ramp up the vaccination drive within the nation.
He dismissed speak of vaccines having run out in Pakistan as “heresay” and mentioned that shortages had been a “international phenomenon”. He mentioned that the vaccine state of affairs within the nation would enhance after June 20 when extra vaccines would attain Pakistan.
It isn’t clear which vaccines will likely be arriving at the moment.
He mentioned that the federal government was involved with native and provincial administrations to make up the shortfall. “We’re finishing up load balancing and redistribution domestically to handle the state of affairs throughout the nation.”
Dr Faisal mentioned: “We have now two million doses accessible and vaccinations will proceed to guard our residents from carrying the coronavirus.”
The premier’s aide on well being mentioned that there was no hurt if the second dose of vaccine was delayed by six to eight weeks as a substitute of a routine three to four-week period in between jabs.
He suggested residents to strictly comply with COVID-19 Normal Working Procedures (SoPs) in places of work and markets to stop the illness. “COVID-19 is a lethal virus however we are able to management it simply as we managed it by following the SoPs in the course of the first and second waves.”
He mentioned that the federal government was in search of full cooperation in adhering to the SoPs. “We will save valuable lives together with these of our close to and expensive ones by taking preventive measures. Put on a masks, preserve social distancing, wash arms with cleaning soap ceaselessly, and keep away from crowded locations.”
Logistics, coordination challenges disrupt vaccine provide
Pakistan on Tuesday confronted a scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines because of the lack of coordination amongst authorities our bodies, coupled with a disruption in provide from China.
Officers within the federal authorities mentioned that the duty of procuring the vaccines had been assigned to the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Authority (NDMA) whereas the Nationwide Well being Ministry was relieved of this responsibility. Because of this, an absence of coordination was witnessed whereas there was a disruption in vaccine provides from China which led to the disaster.
The NDMA, officers mentioned, was not solely coping with Chinese language vaccine producers, together with Sinopharm, Sinovac, and CansinoBIO, nevertheless it was additionally negotiating with Pfizer for the procurement of its mRNA vaccine for the nation, a deal which couldn’t be struck but.
Equally, they mentioned, Pakistan was relying closely on the Nationwide Institute of Well being (NIH), Islamabad, for the preparation and submitting of single-dose Chinese language vaccine Cansino from the majority focus, which is being distributed as PakVac, however the NIH additionally didn’t fulfil its dedication of sustained provide of the single-dose vaccine.
“NIH Islamabad had assured that they’d be offering three million doses of PakVac (Cansino) vaccine monthly nevertheless it failed to satisfy its dedication”, one of many officers mentioned.