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Pakistan hits 1m daily vaccinations milestone: Asad Umar

Pakistan took 113 days to achieve the milestone of administering 10m doses, another 28 days to achieve the target of 20m doses and then, 16 more days to cross the 30m mark.

Federal Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar announced on Tuesday that Pakistan had hit the target of administering one million Covid-19 vaccination doses in a day.

The minister said in a tweet: “[I am] happy to report that the target we had set for 1 million vaccinations in a day was crossed yesterday with 10 lakh 72 thousand vaccinations. All federating entities contributed with Punjab, Sindh, KP, and Islamabad all doing record numbers. Amazing performance by all involved.”

In another tweet, the minister gave an update on how much of the main cities’ populations had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

“Islamabad has become the first city in Pakistan with a population of 1 million or more to get 50pc of its eligible population vaccinated with at least one dose,” he stated. “Peshawar and Rawalpindi at 35pc, Faisalabad at 28pc, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot and Sargodha at 27pc, Karachi at 26pc and Hyderabad at 25pc.”

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) — the nerve center of Pakistan’s Covid response — a total of 31,929,581 doses of Covid vaccines had been administered across Pakistan as of Monday, with 1,072,342 doses administered the very day.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan also confirmed the milestone and congratulated “all who have made this happen”.

Earlier on Sunday, Umar, the NCOC head, had announced that “Pakistan has crossed 3 crores (30 million) vaccinations.”

He had recalled a tweet that it took the country 113 days to achieve the milestone of administering 10m doses, another 28 days to achieve the target of 20m doses and then, 16 more days to cross the 30m mark.

“Pace has rapidly increased. All six days this week were a record. 934,000 vaccinations [were administered] yesterday . In last six days, 5m vaccinations were done,” he had said in the tweet.

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