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Covid variant threat: NDMA directs NIH to evaluate vaccine supplies and hospital infrastructure

NIH evaluates vaccine Covid threat

The National Institute of Health (NIH) evaluates the vaccine Covid threat and instructed

to review the vaccine stocks and arrangements in hospitals to deal with virus cases

after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a review of the

current coronavirus situation on Monday with a focus on “evolving Covid variants.”

According to CBS News, a strain called BF.7 or BA.5.2.1.7, which is a subvariant of the extremely contagious Omicron variant, is causing a coronavirus outbreak in China.

Lt Gen Inam Haider Malik, the chairman of the NDMA, presided over today’s special meeting of the

National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) when he spoke about

“developing Covid variants and stated confidence in Pakistan’s current preparations and national preparedness.”

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), mandated by the NDMA,

would continuously monitor the situation and “would reinforce preparedness,

preventative practices, and vaccination administration system to combat the surge in concern.”

The NDMA chairman provided the NCOC and NIH with special instructions to “issue a precautionary

Covid variant risk advice for the public and key stakeholders based on scientific analysis of data at the global

and regional level and carry out selective mock exercises for Covid emergency.”

The NCOC “showed thorough statistics on Covid management,

immunization administration data and low danger of a new variety in Pakistan,” according to the news release.

The meeting’s attendees were also told by NIH representatives that the current Covid positive rate was 0.53% and that 95% of the eligible population had received the first dosage and 90% the second.

Lt. Gen. Malik “apprised the participants of the prime minister’s vision on the building of

National Preparedness and Response System in the country,” the press release continued.

To transform the nation’s emergency response from a reactive to a proactive mode for disaster management,

“he also explained the expansion strategy for NEOC and making it live interfaced with all departments.”

Regarding the country’s Covid problem, Dawn reported that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health administration

has requested that all public sector hospital personnel have a complete Covid vaccination.

New coronavirus kinds are spreading rapidly throughout different parts of the world,

including India, China, the United States, and Pakistan’s health authorities

don’t seem to be ready to stop the virus from entering the country.

Despite claims made with the aid of the NCOC that the state of affairs turned into being actively monitored,

there were no measures taken at airports, such as speedy checking out and screening of arriving travelers,

to discover positive cases of Covid.

Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan, a member of the NCOC, claimed that the Center held its meetings regularly. He had said that since “viruses react differently in diverse environments,

” it was still unclear how new variations will act in Pakistan.

Forecasting the weather
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) updated the forum on the weather

outlook for this winter season toward the end of the NDMA meeting.

According to a press release from the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA),

“Representatives of the National Information Technology Board (NITB) informed NEOC about the current

status of registration of flood-affected farmers on digital application and their ongoing verification process to provide relief assistance.”

Participants included representatives from the PMD, Federal Flood Commission, National Highway Authority,

provincial health departments, and NITB as well as the ministries of food security, trains, and information.

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