Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for Coronavirus. It happened two days after he had taken the first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against Covid-19.
The announcement of his health condition was made by his aide on health Dr. Faisal Sultan on Twitter. He wrote:
PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 20, 2021
Khan, 68, had been administered the dose during the ongoing second phase of the vaccination in Pakistan in which people over 60 years of age are being inoculated.
Pakistan has not purchased vaccine from any country nor did it approach India when the Narendra Modi government was sending the vaccine as a gift to its South Asian neighbours and many other countries.
Pakistan is, however, eagerly awaiting the vaccine against COVID-19 from India is being supplied through GAVI (a Global alliance for vaccines). The first consignment was supposed to be delivered on March 17, while India has committed to giving Pakistan 45,000 doses. The consignment will be delivered by May.
Pakistani President Alvi and his wife Samina and other high ups had already received the Chinese vaccine jabs.
Pakistan officially launched its National Covid Immunization Program across the country in early February shortly after receiving the Chinese government-donated Sinopharm vaccines, with the frontline healthcare workers given the priority for inoculation.
On Wednesday, the second batch of vaccines arrived in the country.
Amid an ongoing third wave of the pandemic, Pakistan has so far registered 615,810 coronavirus cases and 13,717 deaths.