The Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms & Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, has predicted that there will be a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the country during the last ten days of Ramadan as people will visit markets in huge numbers.
He adding that strict measures will be taken against people in the marketplaces found not complying with the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Minister Umar, who also heads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), addressed the media in Islamabad today and said that all the vaccines are effective against the coronavirus but their exact effects will be determined only in four to six months.
He said that the vaccine obtained from the private sector has been administered to 18,000 people, and added that people have the right to get inoculated free of charge by the government, for which the cabinet has approved an amount of $150 million.
He further revealed that more than 1.3 million people across Pakistan have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, and sixty to 70,000 vaccines are being administered on a daily basis.
He said that the government hopes to increase the vaccinations from 150,000 to 200,000 after Eid-ul-Fitr.