3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
COVID vaccination is a buzz word these days. Governments across the world are prioritizing doctors, health workers and elderly people for vaccination since they are more vulnerable to catch the disease. Pakistan has so far received half a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Sinopharm, donated by China which is currently being used to vaccinate health staff. However, there is still no arrangements for the general citizens, as there are a lot of technical and financial difficulties are involved in case Pakistan launches a mass scale drive for vaccination. The government is, however, encouraging private sector to purchase vaccine from international medicine companies so that at least those, who can afford, can be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, a second wave of pandemic has lapped around, which is more dangerous in the sense that it is much difficult to get an early control over it. Scientists are still in the phase of learning as to how they can contain the spread of the pandemic whereas access to vaccine is an issue for the developing countries like Pakistan. Owing to our poor economic conditions, we are on the mercy of donors. To overcome these issues, there is a dire need to think over the following questions.
- What should we do in times of difficulties to access the vaccination facility?
- What strategy Pakistan needs to devise in this regard?
- Should Pakistan wait for the World Health Organization or the countries like China for a free of cost provision of the vaccine?
To discuss all these issues along with those related to the vaccination in times of difficulties, SDPI is organizing an online webinar titled: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Difficulties Ahead, on Thursday under its policy tagline campaign “No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”
Moderator: Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
- Rana Jawad Asghar; Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Strategists and Implementers, Islamabad
- Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan; H.o.D Public Health, Health Services Academy, Islamabad
- Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan; National Focal Person for Infection Prevention and Control, Islamabad.