ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today (Thursday) stressed the need for a joint global strategy to fight the pandemic and called for an uninterrupted supply of vaccines for early eradication of the deadly coronavirus.
To highlight the successful efforts of the government against COVID-19, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) organised a briefing session for members of the diplomatic corps and international organisations.
National Coordinator NCOC Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood were also present on the occasion.
According to the statement, NCOC chief and Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar outlined multiple dimensions of Pakistan’s national response.
The participants were given a detailed briefing, showcasing Pakistan’s response to COVID-19 which also highlighted various strands of the country’s strategy to tackle the pandemic, the statement added.
The participants were also briefed on various aspects of the “smart” and “micro smart” lockdown strategy as well as its success in containing the spread of the disease.
The statistics on disease outlook, vaccination strategy of the government, the ability of the health care system to cope with the existing requirements as well as its future capacity building were highlighted during the meeting.
On the occasion, the Planning Minister stressed the need for a joint global strategy and response to fight the pandemic and called for an uninterrupted and even supply of vaccines globally for the early eradication of the pandemic.
The participants thanked for the comprehensive briefing and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease in the country, the official communique further said.