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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.
November 06, 2020
As Pakistan Braces For Second Wave, Health Officials Warn More Measures Needed
Despite declaring victory in flattening the curve of coronavirus infections in early September, Pakistan is now bracing for a second wave of the pandemic as numbers are starting to rise since lockdown measures were lifted in August.