Sputnik v, a Russian covid-19 vaccine, has reached Pakistan in 1 million doses. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) acquired the shipment, according to a spokesman for the agency.
The first shipment of the Sputnik V vaccine has arrived in Pakistan, and the dosages have been passed over to the Ministry of National Health Services, according to an NDMA spokeswoman.
Nevertheless, on August 31, the country gave 1,590,309 doses, setting a new record for the greatest single-day immunization rate in Pakistan.
Coronavirus kills another 101 in Pakistan
Pakistan has recorded 101 additional deaths in the previous 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll to 25,889 people. Meanwhile, 3,559 new infections were recorded on September 1st, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 93,901.
According to the most recent data released by the National Command and Operation Centre, 53,637 tests were done within the specified time period, with a positive percentage of 6.63 percent (NCOC).
The country’s overall number of coronavirus patients has reached 1,163,688.
Breakdown of covid-19 cases and deaths reported during the last 24 hours is given below.
- Punjab: 1,602 cases, 39 deaths
- Sindh: 991 cases, 35 deaths
- Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 549 cases, 25 deaths
- Islamabad: 253 cases
- Azad Jammu and Kashmir: 133 cases, 1 death
- Balochistan: 18 cases, 1 death
- Gilgit-Baltistan: 13 cases
WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named ‘Mu’
The World Health Organization (WHO) is keeping an eye on the “Mu” coronavirus strain, which was discovered in Colombia in January. Mu, scientifically known as B.1.621, has been identified as a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization, the organization announced Tuesday in its weekly pandemic report.
The WHO stated that the variation includes mutations that suggest a possibility of vaccination resistance and that more research is needed to properly understand it.
“The Mu variant includes a constellation of mutations that signal possible immune escape characteristics,” according to WHO.
There is considerable worry about the introduction of new viral mutations as transmission rates rise internationally, with the extremely infectious Delta form taking root, particularly among the unvaccinated and in areas where anti-virus efforts have been eased.
20 cities achieve the target for vaccination of 40pc population
According to Asad Umar, Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, about 20 out of 24 cities have met the objective of vaccinating 40% of the population aged 18 and up.
“We had set a minimum aim of 40% of the 18-year-old population being partly vaccinated by the end of August for 24 major cities. Out of these 20, 20 fulfilled the goal “He stated this in a series of tweets.
Hyderabad, Mardan, Nowshera, and Quetta were among the cities that fell short of the mark.
The minister also stated that by the end of September, the vaccination objectives for 24 major cities had been established at 60% (partial vaccination) and 40% (complete immunization) of the qualified populace.
Guidelines revised for below 18 years vaccination
The NCOC has said that immunocompromised children aged 12 to 17 years will be immunized with the Pfizer vaccine. These restrictions are in force as of today (Wednesday).
Individuals will be required to provide medical documentation as verification of immunocompromised status. Furthermore, the general public vaccination age has been reduced to 17 years.
According to a Reuters count on Wednesday, the global caseload of coronavirus infections has surpassed 217.71 million, while the number of individuals who died as a result of the virus has risen to 4,694,778.
Since the first cases were discovered in China in December 2019, infections have been recorded in over 210 countries and regions.