Pakistan PM Imran Khan, wife test positive for COVID-19

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for coronavirus, two days after he got a COVID-19 jab.

Hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan contracted novel coronavirus, First Lady Bushra Bibi also tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.

“Wishing our First Lady and PM Imran Khan a speedy recovery. May Allah give them both shifa (health),” Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari wrote on his official Twitter handle.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Faisal Sultan confirmed the news on Twitter as well, reported Geo News.

The premier received a coronavirus shot on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

According to Federal Parliamentary Secretary National Health Services Nausheen Hamid, the Federal Government Hospital’s staff administered the vaccine.

Khan followed Pakistan’s President in receiving a Sinopharm vaccine jab on Thursday. Khan, 68, received his the jab in Islamabad, Sultan had confirmed.

Sinopharm began developing an inactivated vaccine against the coronavirus in January 2020. In December 2020, Sinopharm announced that the vaccine has an efficacy of 79.34 percent, leading the Chinese government to approve it. The Chinese state-owned company has yet to publish detailed results of their Phase-3 trial.

Pakistan officially launched its National COVID Immunization Program across the country in early February shortly after receiving the Chinese government-donated Sinopharm vaccines, with the frontline healthcare workers given the priority for inoculation, reported Xinhua news agency.

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