Monday, June 17, 2024

300,000 Healthcare Staff Registered Across Pakistan, says Asad Umar

Planning Minister Asad Umar announced the completion of the registration of 300,000 front-line health workers across the country for coronavirus vaccination.

A statement issued on Twitter by the Department of Planning Development and Special Initiatives reported, “So far, about 300,000 healthcare staff have been registered.”

Asad Umar maintained that health care staff had already been qualified to inject the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The NCOC adopted a policy from Day 1 that the federal government should not have a monopoly on importing anti-coronavirus vaccines,” said the Federal Minister.

“Provinces and private entities, including hospitals, have been allowed to import DRAP-approved vaccines,” he said.

He added that “vaccines from multiple sources are administered by the government. Healthcare staff will not only be a priority, but individuals over the age of 65 will also be vaccinated.”

The emergency use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Pakistan, and the government aims to make the drug available by the first quarter of the year.

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