Pakistan According to Reuters, the company reached its goal of vaccinating 1 million people a day with Covid-19 on Tuesday, only a few weeks before the deadline for public workers to obtain vaccination certificates.
The government announced last week that starting from the end of this month, workers in schools, shopping malls and hotels, as well as transportation and air travel industries will be barred from entering public office unless they hold a certificate.
Assad Umar, the minister in charge of Covid-19 operations, said on Twitter: “I am pleased to report that our goal of 1 million vaccination in one day has been achieved.”
Driven by the highly-spread delta variant, Pakistan’s coronavirus infections have surged, putting extreme pressure on its poor health infrastructure.
According to data from the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), the military agency responsible for overseeing Covid-19, more than 31 million of the 220 million people were vaccinated once, but only 6.7 million were fully vaccinated. operate.
It said Pakistan has registered 3,582 new cases and 67 deaths in the past 24 hours, of which more than 3,300 people are in critical condition. To date, 23,529 people have died from Covid-19 in Pakistan, and the number of infections exceeds 1 million.
Officials say that more than 70% of new cases are Delta variant infections.
After the vaccination campaign started slowly, new requirements for vaccination certificates led to people flocking, with long queues more than one kilometer outside some vaccination centers, especially in southern port cities Karachi, The capital of Sindh Province.
The Sindh government has put additional pressure on people to get vaccinated, warning that unless they have the required certificates, it will withhold the salaries of government civil servants and freeze people’s mobile SIM cards.
According to NCOC, about 23% of people tested for Covid-19 in Karachi in recent days have been found to be infected with the virus, while the positive test rate is slightly higher than 7% nationwide.