New Delhi: Two days after receiving the first dose of the ‘Made in China’ Sinopharm COVID vaccine, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday (March 20). Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Faisal Sultan tweeted ” PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home.”
PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 20, 2021
Pakistan had received 500,000 doses of Sinopharma vaccines on Wednesday from China for its vaccination drive after which PM Imran Khan was administered the first dose. Co-incidentally it was Sultan who confirmed to the media two days back that the country’s leader had been inoculated.
Khan, 68, received his COVID-19 jab in the capital city of Islamabad. The Pakistani prime minister was administered the vaccine dose during the second phase of the vaccination process in the country in which people over 60 years of age are receiving vaccine doses.
He had also urged every eligible candidate to take the vaccines if the nation was to avoid suffering a third COVID wave. Furthermore, President Arif Alvi and his wife Samina Alvi also received the first dose on Monday in Islamabad. The country had launched its vaccination drive in February and is expected to receive millions of ‘Made in India’ doses under the Gavi vaccine alliance.
The country has reported 623,135 cases and 13,799 deaths since the start of the pandemic with Imran Khan opting against a hard lockdown stating that it would be disastrous for the economy which was already in dire condition.