Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive two days after receiving a vaccine – but a spokesperson said “immunity develops weeks later”.
The 68-year-old former cricketer was injected with China’s Sinopharm vaccine on Thursday as the country battles a third wave of the virus.
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“At this point, the Prime Minister’s Office can only confirm that the Honorable Prime Minister has tested positive for Covid-19 and has self-isolated,” his office said.
“Please do not tie it to the corona vaccine. Immunity develops a few weeks after administration of the vaccine. Make sure to vaccinate your elders and loved ones. Be careful, ”added Gill.
Khan was likely infected before he got the vaccine, during a series of public engagements this week, Information Minister Shibli Faraz told Geo News broadcaster.
Immunity develops after administration of the vaccine.
Pakistani Prime Minister Khan was suffering from a mild cough and fever, his spokesman Shahbaz Gill later added, saying the positive test was taken on Saturday.
His colleagues were quick to distance the diagnosis from his first injection of the two-dose vaccine.
Earlier on Saturday, the leader’s health adviser Faisal Sultan said the increase in positive virus cases in recent days was “alarming”.
He said there was a “fairly visible” burden on the healthcare system, especially in the country’s most populous province, Punjab.
The number of cases has started to rise again in recent weeks, shortly after the British variant was first reported in Karachi in late December.
More than 620,000 cases and nearly 13,800 deaths have been reported since the pandemic hit the country, but limited testing suggests the real numbers are likely much higher.
Impoverished Pakistan has largely avoided the major lockdowns seen in other countries, opting instead for “smart” lockdown policies that see neighborhoods closed for short periods of time, as well as restrictions on dining inside and out. large gatherings.
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However, many guidelines were ignored, with Sultan criticizing “a lack of administrative action and a lack of public compliance”.
Beijing donated one million doses of the vaccine to Pakistan, which the country of more than 220 million people has started giving to health workers and people over 65.
Shortly after the start of the pandemic, Khan told the nation in a speech not to panic, claiming that “97% of patients made a full recovery,” but he berated citizens a few months later, warning: ” People don’t take it seriously ”.