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June 22, 2021
Pakistanis Can't Get Vaccine Shots As Provinces Complain Of Shortages
The COVID-19 vaccination program in Pakistan's Sindh and Punjab provinces is being hampered by a shortage of vaccine doses. People in Sindh's provincial capital, Karachi, were turned away after lining up in the sun for inoculations.
May 13, 2021
Muslims Attend Prayers Across Pakistan For Eid Despite Government Coronavirus Restrictions
Many muslims gathered on May 13 in Islamabad's Faisal Mosque to attend prayers on the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, despite coronavirus restrictions urging people to stay at home or to keep at a safe physical distance while offering the congregational prayers.
May 07, 2021
Peshawar Shopkeepers Vow To Defy Government Coronavirus Closure Order
Hundreds of businessmen in northwestern Pakistan gathered in Peshawar's historical Qissa Khani bazaar on May 7 to announce that they will not close their shops as instructed by the government in its efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
April 08, 2021
Private Schools In Pakistan Protest Coronavirus Restrictions
Hundreds of teachers, students and owners of private schools converged on Islamabad from various Pakistani cities to urge the federal government to reopen their institutions. Schools were closed earlier in the week following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
March 18, 2021
Pakistani Authorities Scrambling To Respond To Third COVID Wave
A spike in COVID infections in Pakistan has prompted authorities to reimpose restrictions just weeks after relaxing them. But traders and school owners have vowed to resist the new shutdowns, which they say target them unfairly.
March 10, 2021
Pakistan Prioritizes People Over 60 In Second COVID-19 Vaccination Phase
People over 60 in the city of Karachi received COVID-19 jabs on March 10 as part of the second phase of Pakistan's vaccination campaign, which launched a day earlier. Pakistan started vaccinating its front-line health workers in the first phase of the program in February.
February 19, 2021
Karachi Cricket Match Will Mark First Return Of Spectators To Stadiums Since Pandemic
Pakistan Super League match in Karachi between the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators on February 20 will mark the first time that spectators will be allowed in cricket stadiums since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
February 11, 2021
In Massive Rollout, Pakistan Plans To Vaccinate Two-Thirds Of Population Against COVID-19
Faisal Sultan, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special adviser on national health services, spoke to Radio Mashaal about the country’s plans to vaccinate a majority of its estimated 220 million population.
February 03, 2021
Pakistan Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination Drive
Pakistan launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive on February 3. The country received 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China days earlier. Senior citizens aged over 65 and patients in Intensive Care Units will be vaccinated in the next phase.
January 28, 2021
Watchdog: 'Widespread' Corruption Impacted COVID-19 Responses In Eastern Europe, Central Asia
Transparency International says that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted "widespread corruption" in countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where it says "corrupt and authoritarian" leaders have reduced oversight of government spending and curtailed civil liberties.
January 13, 2021
Pakistan's Trials Of Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine Near Completion
Pakistan is concluding its phase three human trials of a Chinese company’s coronavirus vaccine. Health officials say the test of CanSinoBio’s vaccine are nearly complete and show promise. Pakistan is one of seven countries testing the Chinese vaccine. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.