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via devdiscourse01/22/2021

Pakistan cenbank keeps rates at 7%, plans to stay on hold in near future - Devdiscourse

The bank has also had to balance the need to provide stimulus throughout the coronavirus pandemic with tempering inflation. Price hikes have hit consumers hard over the past year though inflation has eased since hitting a 5-year high of more than 9% late last year, with the country posting 8% consumer price inflation in December.

via ecns.cn01/22/2021

China-Pakistan friendly cooperation to move forward firmly: Chinese FM - ecns

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that the world is caught between profound changes unseen in a century and the once-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic, but no matter how the world situation changes, China-Pakistan friendly cooperation will move forward firmly.

via news.yahoo01/20/2021

Pakistan says test-fire of medium-range missile a success - Yahoo News

Pakistan on Wednesday successfully test-fired a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 kilometers (about 1,700 miles), the military said. The statement didn't say whether the missile was capable of carrying nuclear warheads, although Pakistan has previously said the missile had such a capability. The military did not say where the missile was fired from, but such tests are often conducted by Pakistan in the Arabian sea.

via dw01/19/2021

Coronavirus: Anti-vaxxers pose major public health threat in Pakistan - Deutsche Welle

Pakistan has approved two COVID-19 vaccines and is hosting mass trials for the Chinese-made coronavirus inoculation. But finding enough volunteers to get the CanSinoBio shot is tough in a country where anti-vax sentiment runs deep and past vaccination campaigns have even turned lethal.

via arabnews01/16/2021

Pakistani baby born in Makkah reaches home, meets parents after yearlong wait - Arab News

ISLAMABAD: A baby born prematurely to Pakistani Umrah pilgrims in Makkah last year was returned on Friday evening to his parents in Quetta, Pakistan — a full year after his birth and successful treatment in Saudi Arabia. Bibi Hajra and her husband Ghulam Haider were forced to leave their baby behind after their Umrah visas expired following the birth of their son on Jan. 9

via republicworld01/16/2021

China blames foreign travellers and meat imports for surge in COVID-19 cases - Republic World

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via republicworld01/16/2021

PM Modis indirect dig at Pakistan: Some countries left their citizens in COVID-hit China - Republic World

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via hindustantimes01/22/2021

Amid India’s Covid vaccine export, China offers 500k doses to Pak - Hindustan Times

Two Indian flights carried two million doses of Covishield to Dhaka and one million doses to Kathmandu, and people familiar with matter said on condition of anonymity that supplies would be sent to Seychelles (50,000 doses), Mauritius (100,000 doses) and Myanmar (1.5 million doses) on Friday.

via voanews01/21/2021

China to Gift Pakistan 500K COVID-19 Vaccine Doses - Voice of America

Pakistan said Thursday it will receive half-a-million free doses of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine by January 31.     Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made the announcement at a news conference, saying his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, shared the “good news” in a phone call between the two officials.      “He told me, ‘Send your aircraft and immediately airlift this drug.’ So, this is a welcome news for us. And we will, God willing, succeed in saving many lives,” Qureshi said.

via deccanherald01/19/2021

Coronavirus vaccine news updates: Pakistan approves Chinese Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use - Deccan Herald

Three days after starting its massive inoculation drive against Covid-19, India has vaccinated a total of 3.81 lakh people. There have been 580 cases of adverse effects following immunizations so far and 2 deaths, which the government has said are unrelated to the vaccine. India has approved two vaccines — Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Serum Institute of India's Covishield —

via oklahoman01/18/2021

The Latest: WHO: 'Not right' to vaccinate young before old -

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans.The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province bordering Russia.A fourth northern province, Liaoning, has also imposed quarantines and travel restrictions to prevent the virus from further spreading, part of measures being imposed across much of the country to prevent new outbreaks during during February’s Lunar New Year holiday.Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a massive scale.

via hindustantimes01/16/2021

Pakistan has not placed any orders for Covid-19 vaccine, says health official - Hindustan Times

While Pakistan has reported a total of 514,338 Covid-19 cases and 10,863 deaths, the country's top health expert said that though China's Sinopharm has submitted its data with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) but no agreement has been made on its procurement.

via bostonglobe01/20/2021

Boston doctor who treated COVID patients in N.Y. dies climbing mountain in Pakistan - The Boston Globe

Friends and relatives of Dr. Alexander Goldfarb, a prominent physician affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who treated COVID-19 patients in Queens, N.Y., at the height of the pandemic, are mourning his death in a climbing accident Jan. 16 in Pakistan. Dr. Goldfarb was 57.

via english.cctv01/20/2021

Pakistan in phase III trials of Chinese vaccine with expectation to see COVID-free future - CCTV

According to the country's National Institute of Health (NIH), some 17,500 people from different social circles and areas of the country have volunteered to take part in the trials underway at five different sites in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, the major cities of Pakistan.

via samaa.tv01/16/2021

Coronavirus evolving rapidly, Pakistan needs to vaccinate people: health expert - SAMAA

The coronavirus is evolving very fast and the consequences will be adverse if people are not vaccinated on time. Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences said this at a press conference today [Saturday] in Karachi. It was attended by Sindh Minister for Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho and Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. Dr Iqbal said like any other virus, COVID-19 tends to evolve with time and is evolving at an alarming speed. “There have been 132 mutations in the virus so far,” he said. “Of them, 32 mutations are directly related to infectivity.” Mutations are the changes that occur in a virus when it tries to adapt...