Door-to-door covid-19 vaccination campaign has been launched by Punjab government to meet the vaccination target of 81 million by the end of December.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar stated 14,000 new vaccination centres across the province have been established with more than 12,000 mobile teams that will visit every village and neighborhood to vaccinate citizens.

The CM said that to make this drive a success, the provincial government has taken in loop all elected representatives and social workers with the health and district administration officials.

“It is a rare opportunity for the districts with low vaccination ratio to achieve the vaccination target,” Chief Minister Buzdar said. “The war against coronaviurs can be won with vaccinating maximum people,” he added.

Covid-19 vaccine shipment of 6.6 million doses reaches Islamabad

Vaccine consignments from the United States and China carrying around 6.6 million doses landed in Islamabad on Sunday, ARY News reported.

3 million doses were gifted by China under the COVAX programme to Pakistan. Meanwhile, 3.6 million Pfizer doses landed in Pakistan under the same programme as well.

Pakistan reports lowest daily covid-19 death count of 2021

Pakistan has reported a total of 698 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while the positivity rate was recorded at 1.65 per cent. Around 42,095 tests were conducted and the active case count has now reduced to 23,940.

Meanwhile, 9 more deaths were also reported during the said time period, taking the count of nationwide death toll to 28,386, as per latest figures shared by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

This is the lowest daily death count Pakistan has reported in 2021. There have been 1,269,234 infections reported in the country since the pandemic began.

The breakdown of cases and deaths reported in the last 24 hours is given below.

  • Punjab: 182 new cases, 1 death
  • Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa: 79 new cases, 5 deaths
  • Balochistan: 11 new cases
  • Islamabad: 31 new cases
  • AJK: 6 new cases

725,175 people vaccinated in Pakistan in last 24 hours

Quick look at national positivity ratio of the past week

Pandemic will end when world chooses to end it, WHO Chief

The covid-19 pandemic will come to an end when all the countries start using the available health tools effectively, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

“The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It is in our hands. We have all the tools we need: effective public health tools and effective medical tools. But the world has not used those tools well. With almost 50,000 deaths a week, the pandemic is far from over,” Dr. Tedros said on Sunday, in his address to the World Health Summit in Berlin.

The WHO chief called on G20 countries that have already vaccinated 40 percent of their population to actively engage in the COVAX mechanism, as well as the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

UN Chief appeals to G20 for $8bln to fairly distribute vaccines worldwide

UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres on Sunday called on the G20 countries to help collect $8 billion to ensure fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

Three quarters of all vaccines went to high and upper middle income countries, Guterres said in his address to the World Health Summit in Berlin. He stressed that “vaccine nationalism and hoarding are putting us all at risk.”

“We need an immediate infusion of $8 billion to ensure the distribution is equitable, and we call on the G20 to help us get there,” Guterres said.

Leaked WTA email reveals that unvaccinated players are allowed at Australian Open

According to a leaked Women’s Tennis Association email, all unvaccinated players will be allowed to participate in the Australian Open but must complete 14 days in hotel quarantine and undergo regular testing.

The same rules will reportedly be applied to the men’s tour as well, opening the door for the world number one Novak Djokovic to defend his title at Melbourne Park in January.

The email to players from the women’s governing body was leaked to New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg — who posted it on Twitter — and contradicts officials earlier statements implying unvaccinated players would not be granted visas.

It said players “fully inoculated against coronavirus would not have to quarantine or remain in bio-secure bubbles, enjoying complete freedom of movement. However, the unvaccinated players would have to undergo two weeks mandatory hotel quarantine and submit to regular testing, the email stated.

“We feel the need to reach out to you all to clear up false and misleading information that has recently been spread by other parties about the conditions the players will be forced to endure at next year’s Australian Open,” the email read.

Global case load

Globally, the coronavirus caseload has crossed 243.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.94 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.80 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As per latest data gathered by the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE), the current global caseload, death toll and the total number number of vaccine doses administered stood at 243,637,026, 4,947,878 and 6,801,414,981, respectively.

The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 45,444,228 and 735,930, according to the CSSE.

In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 34,175,468 cases.

The other worst countries with over 3 million cases are Brazil (21,729,763), the UK (8,814,735), Russia (8,112,999), Turkey (7,851,775), France (7,226,974), Iran (5,860,844), Argentina (5,280,358), Spain (4,997,732), Colombia (4,991,050), Germany (4,476,078), Italy (4,741,185), Indonesia (4,240,019) and Mexico (3,781,661), the CSSE figures showed.


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