Pakistani President Arif Alvi, who received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, said he had contracted COVID-19.
“I have a positive test result … May Allah has mercy on all COVID-19 patients. There was the first dose of the vaccine, but antibodies begin to develop after the second dose, which was supposed to be given a week later. Please continue to be careful,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, who also received the first dose of the vaccine, was infected with the coronavirus.
The country’s coronavirus vaccination began on February 3, two days after receiving 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China. This drug is 79.3% effective and is based on an inactivated virus and has been approved in at least 16 countries.
The Pakistani Drug Administration granted Sinopharm an emergency use of its vaccine in January. In addition to this vaccine, Pakistan has approved the use of the “Oxford” vaccine AstraZeneca, the Russian “Sputnik V” and the Chinese vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health of Pakistan, more than 659 thousand cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the country, more than 598 thousand people have recovered, 14.2 thousand have died.