Omicron variant: Pakistan to announce new vaccination coverage as we speak

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan. File photo
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan. File photograph 

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan stated that the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) authorities have finalised a large vaccination plan which might be introduced as we speak.

The nation’s high well being official shared that the authorities are on alert and the NCOC has taken all hospitals and their workers on board to take care of any emergency scenario that will come up.

“We cannot control the Omicron variant from coming to Pakistan, but we can control its impact by ramping up the immunisation process,” he stated, including that no case of the brand new COVID-19 variant has been reported within the nation.

“Our priority is those who have not been vaccinated at all.”

“With extra folks immunized, we are able to management the impression. It is my attraction to the folks to get vaccinated and comply with SOPs,” the health minister added.

Dr Faisal Sultan said that information on booster shots for those who are fully vaccinated will be shared at the NCOC meeting.

Speaking to Geo News, Dr Sultan explained that the virus is detected by examining the spike protein for certain mutations that could be concerning.

He said that the available information [regarding Omicron] at the moment is based on assumptions. However, he said that after observing South Africa’s surge in infections, it has been established that the new strain’s transmissibility is faster than any previously detected variant of COVID-19.

He also said that any information regarding disease severity and the ability of the virus to “escape” the immune response in vaccinated or recovered people is still not confirmed.

While sharing details about the travel restrictions, Dr Sultan said that it has been a challenge to locate the origin of the flights since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Travel restrictions haven’t served as a method to manage the virus. We can delay it [Omicron] however we can’t forestall it from coming to Pakistan.”

Dr Sultan said that the NCOC has taken all hospitals and their staff on board to deal with any emergency situation that may arise in the country.

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