Asad Umar, the head of Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center, said on Tuesday that the country’s vaccination rate had reached 150,000 for the first time.

Around 164,000 citizens were vaccinated on Monday, according to the Minister of Planning and Development.

Pakistan will become largely self-sufficient in fulfilling its COVID-19 vaccine needs, according to Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Dr Faisal Sultan, who declared on Monday that Pakistan will begin manufacturing the single-dose CanSino Bio vaccine locally.

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Dr Faisal said in a press conference that the National Institute of Health (NIH) would be able to generate three million doses every month as a result of the technology transfer deal, greatly reducing the country’s reliance on other countries.

He described China as a reliable collaborator who had gone to great lengths to maintain a supply chain and move technologies to Pakistan.

On Monday, 4,213 more people tested positive for the deadly virus across the world, bringing the total number of active Covid-19 cases to 87,953.

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On Monday, 79 patients died, putting the single-day death rate below 100 for the first time since April 25. According to the new report from the National Command and Operation Centre, 73 of the 79 deaths were being treated in hospitals and six were in their respective quarantines or homes (NCOC). The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw the most deaths, followed by Punjab. Twenty-four of the 79 people who died were on ventilators.

In four major cities, the highest number of ventilators is used: 70% in Lahore, 74% in Multan, 57% in Gujranwala, and 80% in Mardan. Full oxygen beds were inhabited in four major areas: 59 percent in Lahore, 70 percent in Mardan, 65 percent in Peshawar, and 63 percent in Swat. In other parts of the region, about 670 ventilators were in use, but no Covid-affected people were on them in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) or Balochistan.



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