The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) which is a national effort to curb Covid-19 has developed a National Immunisation Management System, in association with the Ministry of Health, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), and National Information Technology Board (NITB).
The National Immunisation System would guarantee an efficacious administration and supply chain management of the Covid-19 vaccine. The system is anticipated to be available by mid-January and will be announced to the citizens soon.
Electronic registration for the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine will be made possible through this system. Citizens will be able to register either through SMS or the internet by providing their CNIC numbers.
The Pakistani government is in close communication with the world’s leading Covid-19 manufacturers to ensure it gets here timely, informed NCOC.
Currently, Pakistan’s positivity ratio is at 5.92 percent. If we look at these statistics provincially, the ratio in Sindh is 8.40 percent, 4.95 in Balochistan, 5.87 percent in KPK, 3.98 percent in Islamabad, 4.44 percent in Punjab, 0.62 percent in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 2.14 percent in AJK.
Covid-19 cases in Sindh stand at 213,193; 57,982 in KPK, 137,295 in Punjab, 37,556 in Islamabad, 18, 118 in Balochistan, 8,241 in AJK and 4,855 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The highest death rate was recorded in Punjab, followed by Sindh, in the last 24 hours. Whereas, Peshawar at 63 percent, had the highest number of oxygenated bed occupancy in the entire country, followed by 39 percent in Multan, 35 percent in Islamabad, and 30 percent in Rawalpindi.
According to NCOC, 77.5 percent of people above the age of 50 and 70 percent of males out of the total of 2.1 percent fatality rate in Pakistan, fell victim to the virus.
Free of cost vaccine for a majority of the population
While addressing a press conference in Lahore, Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry had stated that the government is determined to provide a majority of Pakistan’s population with free of cost Covid-19 vaccine.
Private companies would be permitted to import the vaccine, said the minister. Front-line workers and senior citizens will be prioritized, he added.
“A comprehensive model for the administration of the vaccine is being prepared,” he said.
A few days prior to Fawad Chaudhry’s statement, the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) had announced that the government is “is regularly reviewing developments, including data from phase-III trials.”
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the Covid-19 vaccine would be available in Pakistan by March next.
The priority would be given to health workers and the people of above sixty-five age regarding vaccination, he stated in an interview with a private television channel.