The 68-year-old former international cricketer received his first dose of China’s cyanopharma coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. Sinpharma shot is the only Kovid-19 vaccine available in Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Health said it could take a few weeks to develop immunity to the virus after being vaccinated, and has appealed to the public to refrain from being shot based on Khan’s diagnosis.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan was not fully vaccinated when the virus contracted. He took only 1 dose and only 2 days before which is too soon for any vaccine to be effective. 2 doses of anti-Bodies 2 Develops after 2-3 weeks. – Dr COVID Vaccine. #VaccinesWork, “Pakistan’s Ministry of Health tweeted on Saturday.
According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the South Asian nation of 220 million people has recorded 13,799 and 623,135 cases during the epidemic.
Cases have increased in recent weeks in Pakistan, although the epidemic remains largely under control. Lockdown restrictions have been re-enforced in parts of the country in response to the growing transition.
Pakistan’s vaccine rollout, which began with elders on 10 March, has met with hesitation among some segments of the population and footage of Khan receiving it was broadcast in an apparent effort to alleviate concerns.
Khan’s spokesman Shahbaz Gill was quick to pull off the result of the Prime Minister’s positive test with a Sinopharm shot.
Gill said that Khan had a mild cough and fever, and prayed for his speedy recovery.
Khan has been holding regular meetings and recently attended a security conference in the capital, Islamabad, where he addressed the crowd without a mask.
Syed Zulfi Bukhari, Khan’s special assistant on foreign Pakistanis, said the prime minister was likely to be infected before being vaccinated on Thursday.
Bukhari tweeted on Saturday, saying, “Vaccines are safe and should be taken, #PMIK had taken his first shot a day before it was revealed. Please get yourself and loved ones vaccinated and Fight fake news. “
CNN’s Sophia Saifi reported from Islamabad. Eliza McIntosh wrote and reported from London. Humdi Alkhashali of CNN in Atlanta contributed to this report.