People Vaccinated with Sinovac Advised to Get a Booster Shot after 6 Months

BEIJING: In a gloomy development in China, a recent study revealed that antibody levels fade away around six months after getting a double dose of the Chinese anti-Covid Sinovac vaccine. Reports in international media quoting sources said the antibodies generated by Sinovac plunged below a key threshold, however; a third shot [booster shot] help to generate the antibodies. The study

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No more domestic travel for unvaccinated people from Aug 1: NCOC

ISLAMABAD – As the country’s Covid tally crossed the grim 1-million figure amid the fourth wave of Covid pandemic, the country’s nerve center on Covid has made vaccination certificates mandatory for all passengers of domestic flights from the start of next month. A recent tweet on the official handle of NCOC reads that all passengers will be required to submit

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Punjab all set to roll out door-to-door Covid vaccination drive

LAHORE: The authorities in the most populous province have decided to roll out door-to-door Covid vaccination campaign in five districts from Monday [July 26]. According to the report of the Associated Press of Pakistan, the acute decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Provincial Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Chief Secretary Punjab. The door-to-door vaccination drive will

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Ban on onboard meals revoked in domestic flights despite uptick in Covid infections

KARACHI: Despite the recent spike in Covid-19 infections in wake of Delta variant spread, the Civil Aviation Authority allowed in-flight meals for local flights, local media reported Monday. Reports quoting the new directives of Civil Aviation Authority, the state-owned aviation authority, cited that domestic flights will serve packed meals to their passengers – as it used to offer earlier. The

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Not vaccinated? Sorry you can’t marry in Sindh

KARACHI: As the COVID positivity ratio in Karachi has soared to an alarming 23 percent in wake of the spread of the Delta variant, authorities in Sindh announced stern curbs including vaccination as a prerequisite for getting hitched in the southeastern province. Reports quoting a notification of home ministry cited a ban on getting married besides attending wedding ceremonies of

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Punjab initiates registration of barbers to stem blood-borne diseases

LAHORE – The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department in the country’s most populous province has decided to register all barbers, hairdressers, and beauticians to stem the spread of blood-borne diseases including Hepatitis. According to a report of a private news channel, the decision was made in a joint meeting with the Punjab Hepatitis Control Program. The action plan includes laboratories,

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NADRA starts issuing partially vaccinated certificate to the citizens

ISLAMABAD – National Database and Registration Authority started issuing Covid vaccination certificates to people who have partially inoculated against the novel disease, a tweet of the country’s national database stated Wednesday. ‘You can now receive ‘Partially Vaccinated Certificate’ (1st Dose Certificate) from any NADRA Registration Centre (NRC) OR by applying online’, NADRA tweeted. As per the latest update, the individuals

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‘Jab or Job’ – US hospital suspends 178 staff members for refusing Covid vaccine

HOUSTON: Around 178 staff members at a Houston hospital system have been suspended for refusing the COVID-19 vaccination – a stern rule that prompted scores of employees to file a lawsuit against the medical facility. Amid the national immunization drive in the United States, Houston Methodist, which runs almost 300 healthcare sites in the city, has suspended 178 employees. The

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Saudi Arabia Halts International Hajj For The Second Year – A Brief Look At When Hajj Was Cancelled In History

RIYADH: No foreign traveller will be allowed to perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saturday announced that it will only allow 60,000 local residents who get vaccinated against the novel Covid-19. Authorities much like the previous year expressed concerns over the current situation as the flocks of international pilgrims could be a major cause of

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Pakistan’s first drive-thru vaccination centre all set to start jabbing at Lahore’s Nishter Park

LAHORE: In another significant step to boost the mass vaccination drive, the authorities in the Punjab capital are all set to launch the country’s first drive-through vaccination center, which will begin operations at the Nishtar Colony, Lahore. Reports in city media cited that the operations of the first drive-through center will be started from Sunday while the location picked for

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