Pakistan in News: Injecting lives to people amid Omicron fears

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By KSHVID NEWS DESK with Inputs from agencies

Humanity suffered from the corona. But those who refused to take the vaccination were adding more suffering to people’s life. They were about to create a mess, which was previously created by others. How can a man refuse to get a cure for a disease? Is this even a logical discussion to have? But there are thousands of cases in the world where people refused to get shot of Corona Vaccination. While it was free of cost and effective scientifically proven.

Chinese are the inventors of Covid-19 as well as its vaccination. The origin of covid-19 was China, then they were the first who implemented lockdown, and in the last, they were also on the top of the list to invent vaccination. The rest of the world followed. Some were early adopters, some early majority, and some were the late majority. Many countries give incentives to encourage people to get Covid-19 vaccines. Pakistan is adopting a harsher stance.

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Authorities in these 220 million-strong countries threaten those who refuse to take the injection with sanctions, from losing their cellular service to having their paychecks withheld.

The penalties are in stark contrast to the awards on offer elsewhere in the world. People who agree to be vaccinated in a Philippine village can win a cow if they agree to be vaccinated. Some states in the United States have cash lottery draws, while Hong Kong gives away a multimillion-dollar condominium.

Pakistan’s punitive tactics differ by location; health services are mostly the responsibility of the country’s four provinces, but the federal government has declared sanctions as well, all to sway a population that has long been skeptical of vaccines. Due to uncertainty about the polio vaccine, Pakistan has only two countries where polio remains widespread.

Haider Ali, a 26-year-old vehicle mechanic in Islamabad’s capital, says he won’t take the Covid-19 vaccine because he believes the coronavirus exists. Haider Ali belongs to the category of that person who is laggards. He neither believes in the hypothesis of Covid-19 nor is he willing to take the vaccination. These types of people are fewer, but yes, they do exist. In Pakistan, there might be more laggards than any other category.

“I’ve never worn a mask in my life.” Mr. Ali, who has one child, said, “I meet a hundred individuals a day, and nothing has happened to me.” “If they force us to take this vaccination, that suggests they have a secret motive.” It appears to be a high-level plot.”

Doctors are working day and night to vaccinate the citizens.

Like many other underdeveloped countries, Pakistan has struggled to get adequate vaccination supplies. It has received 16 million doses, largely from China. It has administered 13 million, meaning that the country’s 125 million adults would not be able to get vaccinated even if they all came forward right away. However, vaccination rates are increasing, with 2.3 million shots last week.

Pakistan’s health minister, Faisal Sultan, stated that the government wants to obtain an extra 90 million doses by the end of the year and immunize more than half of the adult population. More Chinese vaccines, Russia’s Sputnik V, Pfizer Inc., and BioNTech SE vaccines are discussed. The government played the role of early adopters because the covid-19 situation panicked every higher authority in this world.

The federal government’s primary objective, according to Dr. Sultan, is to educate people about the need for vaccinations: “The essential lever is communication and education, as well as the removal of doubts.” He said that vaccination requirements would be the last resort while provinces have the authority to set their policies.

All government and private-sector personnel would be required to be vaccinated; the administration announced earlier this month. It gave the former a deadline of the end of June but hasn’t given the latter one or specified how the demands will be implemented. Travel to the northern mountains, a popular route to escape the summer heat, will be prohibited for those aged 50 and over who have not been vaccinated.

Anyone over 18 can now get vaccinated in Pakistan, yet official numbers show that only about 6% of people have received the first injection. According to Our World in Data, an Oxford University study, this contrasts to more than a quarter of the people of Brazil, whose population is around the same size and more than half of Americans.

While Pakistan’s pandemic was relatively mild, 22,000 deaths compared to half a million in Brazil—the country’s low immunization rate leaves the people vulnerable if another wave like the one that ravaged neighboring India strikes.

According to polls, fear of side effects and questions about effectiveness are the major reasons individuals aren’t getting vaccinated. According to a Gallup Pakistan poll conducted in March, about two-thirds of Pakistanis believe the threat posed by the coronavirus is exaggerated, while many others aren’t concerned about catching it or believe that natural immunity is preferable. According to a recent Ipsos poll, 68 percent don’t register for vaccinations.

“If you don’t get vaccinated, you’re not only harming yourself, but you’re also endangering others,” says the doctor.

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