Days after India’s billion-dose milestone, Pakistan crosses 100 million vaccine landmark

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Since the pandemic began in February this year, almost 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered across Pakistan. 

In a tweet, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan announced, “Pakistan gives its 100 millionth Covid vaccine dose.” 

“From the public to vaccination staff to health and administrative staff and leadership across the provinces, I want to thank everyone who has made it possible.” 

Separately, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) reported that 681,520 vaccinations were given out the other day, bringing the total to 100,016,587.  

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“Achievement of the milestone of giving 100 M doses! “Way to go, Pakistan,” it said in the message. 

NCOC head Asad Umar warned on Thursday that if the government fails to meet its vaccine objective against the viral disease, the Covid-19 pandemic could resurface in Pakistan. 

“We must reach vaccine targets set to ensure there is no fifth wave of covid,” the planning and development minister tweeted. 

“Otherwise, despite a substantial drop in cases, we remain susceptible if a large number of people are not vaccinated,” he said, emphasizing the importance of the second dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine for viral protection. 

Asad Umar revealed the names of cities that have made significant progress in vaccinating their citizens in another tweet. “Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, and Mirpur have the best vaccination progress.”

“Good progress: skardu, charsadda, sargodha,” he said, adding that vaccination coverage in Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Karachi, Mingora, and Mardan need to be improved. 

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