Imran Khan: Pakistan’s prime minister tests positive for Covid-19

Khan is “self-isolating at home,” the nation’s health minister, Faisal Sultan, stated on Saturday.

The 68-year-old previous worldwide cricketer got his very first dosage of China’s Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. The Sinopharm shot is the only Covid-19 vaccine readily available in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s health ministry stated it can take a couple of weeks to establish resistance to the infection after getting immunized, and has actually advised the general public not to be prevented from getting a shot based upon Khan’s medical diagnosis.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan was not fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus. He only got the 1st dose and merely 2 days ago which is too soon for ANY vaccine to become effective. Anti-bodies develop 2-3 weeks after 2nd dose of 2-dose COVID vaccines. #VaccinesWork,” Pakistan’s health ministry tweeted Saturday.

The South Asian country of 220 million individuals has actually tape-recorded 13,799 deaths and 623,135 cases throughout the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

Cases have actually increased in Pakistan in current weeks, though the pandemic has actually stayed mainly under control. Lockdown limitations have actually been enhanced in some parts of the nation in action to increasing infections.

Pakistan’s vaccine rollout, which started on March 10 with the senior, has actually been satisfied with hesitancy amongst some parts of the population and video footage of Khan getting the shot was relayed in an evident effort to relieve issues.

After his vaccination on Thursday, Khan attracted the general public to remain safe and continue to work out preventative measures as the nation deals with a 3rd wave of the coronavirus.

Khan’s representative Shahbaz Gill fasted to distance the Prime Minister’s favorable test outcome with the Sinopharm shot.

“Please do not link it to the corona vaccine. Immunity develops a few weeks after the vaccine is given. Make sure to vaccinate your elders and loved ones. Be careful,” Gill stated on Twitter.

Gill stated that Khan had a minor cough and fever, and wished him to have a fast healing.

Khan has actually been holding routine conferences and just recently participated in a security conference in the capital Islamabad, where he resolved a crowd without a mask.

Khan’s unique assistant on abroad Pakistanis, Syed Zulfi Bukhari, stated the Prime Minister had actually most likely been contaminated prior to he was immunized on Thursday.

“Vaccines are safe & must be taken, #PMIK had his first shot just a day ago, before which he was exposed already. Please do get yourself & loved ones vaccinated and fight the fake news,” Bukhari tweeted Saturday.

CNN’s Sophia Saifi reported from Islamabad. Eliza Mackintosh composed and reported from London. CNN’s Hamdi Alkhshali in Atlanta added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.