July, 2021


Another Wave

Despite the number of confirmed cases and the national positivity ratio going down, officials are already cautioning about a fourth wave hitting the country in July if Covid-19 SOPs are not adhered to. According to the government, AI-based disease modelling analysis reveals that the fourth wave could be a reality and that it is imperative that everyone gets vaccinated and takes necessary precautions.

Thankfully, Pakistan has seen the worst of the third wave. However, because of the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, poor SOP enforcement and limited vaccine coverage, the situation could worsen once again. Complacency appears to have set in across the country when it comes to following simple procedures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The SAPM on Health, Dr Faisal Sultan also echoed this sentiment when he recently stated that SOPs are not being followed in letter and spirit and that the compliance rate had come down to 46 percent, which was at 75-80 percent a few weeks ago.

These warnings by government officials are concerning and they need to be taken seriously by citizens. There seems to be this growing perception that vaccinated individuals are somehow immune to the virus and this needs to be addressed. In fact, a recent study has revealed that Chinese Covid-19 vaccines are less effective against the Delta variant compared to other strains. It is crucial for the government to communicate clearly that there is no vaccine that provides 100 percent protection.

It is encouraging to see that the government has recently procured two million doses of the Sinovac vaccine which will considerably enhance the daily average administration of doses across the country. However, considering the threat posed by the Delta variant, the authorities should be proactive and must consider placing orders for booster Covid-19 jabs - especially in light of the efficacy concerns regarding the Chinese vaccines. Drawing lessons from how the new variant has wreaked chaos across the border, Pakistan must act now if it is to avoid a similar fate.

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