Pakistani officials announced on Saturday that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19, or the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus. The announcement comes two days following Khan’s first shot of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, the only vaccine currently available in Pakistan.
Pakistan Health Minister Dr Faisal Sultan stated the 68-year-old prime minister is self-isolating at his private residence in an Islamabad suburb.
The Pakistan Ministry of Health also retweeted a statement from Dr Sultan reassuring the public that Khan’s contraction of the virus was due to both the vaccine’s timing and that Khan still required a second dose.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan was not fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus. He only got the 1st dose merely two days ago, which is too soon for ANY vaccine to become effective. Anti-bodies develop 2-3 weeks after the 2nd dose of 2-dose COVID vaccines. #VaccinesWork,” read the tweet.
Despite Khan’s current health situation, Pakistan officials are continuing to encourage vaccinations among the public.
John Hopkins University data states Pakistan has recorded 13,799 deaths and 623,135 cases since 2020.
Along with its capital of Islamabad, Pakistan’s eastern and northern areas have also recently experienced a surge in CCP virus cases. On Saturday, authorities reported 3,876 new cases and 42 deaths.
The Washington Post. (March 19, 2021). Pakistan’s prime minister contracts coronavirus two days after his first vaccine dose.