PM Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID-19 and people are creating false linkages with the vaccine.
The vaccination campaign is in full swing in Pakistan with senior citizens and front-line workers being vaccinated at the moment. Ever since the vaccine was made, there have been many reservations regarding its side-effects. To combat that many public figures and celebrities have recorded getting vaccinated to encourage others to do the same.
Recently, Prime Minister Imran Khan also received the first dose. However, it has now been reported that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was shared by PTI’s Special Assistant to Prime Minister Faisal Sultan on Twitter.
PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home
— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 20, 2021
As soon as the news surfaced people started questioning the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The PM has tested positive only a few days after the first dosage. This does not invalidate the effectiveness of the vaccine. To pacify and minimize panic amongst the public many public figures have stepped up to explain this.
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has tested positive for Coronavirus!
(P.S. He received the first vaccination shot just a few days ago. Remember it takes two weeks after the *second* shot before the antibodies reach a level of reasonable protection).
— Umar Saif (@umarsaif) March 20, 2021
Hammad Azhar explains, with facts, that the vaccine builds up to 80% immunity after two weeks of the second dosage.
The vaccine develops more than 80% immunity two weeks after the second injection.
Furthermore, No cabinet minister, including the Prime-Minister, nor any of their relatives jumped the queue or violated the priority order to receive the vaccine.
— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) March 20, 2021
Journalist Zebunnisa Burki has made a valid point regarding that the government must clarify the effectiveness of the vaccine so that people stop questioning it.
We need the government and esp Dr @fslsltn to please clarify in no uncertain terms the way the vaccine works. The PM's positive test is sure to create a lot of confusion.
— Zebunnisa Burki (@zburki) March 20, 2021
Writer and Activist Nuzhat Siddique also shared her dismay regarding journalists questioning the vaccine and requested everyone to avoid fear-mongering.
Noticing each and every person & journalist saying "IK tested positive but he had JUST received the vaccination". You're not all so clueless. You know 2 doses are needed for it to be effective. But of course fear mongering is necessary, so an already vaccine shy nation gives up.
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) March 20, 2021
Important for SAPM @fslsltn to also clarify the timeline on developing immunity to the virus after getting the first shot of the vaccine.
— Amber Rahim Shamsi (@AmberRShamsi) March 20, 2021
We hope the matter is reported responsibly so that the concerns regarding the vaccine are clarified based on logic and this does not discourage people from getting vaccinated.
What a terribly irresponsible thing to tweet @HamidMirPAK – linking the vaccination with the PM testing positive. “Ba-wajood.” Journalists should be working overtime to de-link the two rather than sowing more vaccine mistrust. https://t.co/5aPtlnDm3H
— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) March 20, 2021
The news has come as a shock to many. People are sending prayers his way.
— Rafi Ullah Khan Youسfzai (@RafiUsafzai89) March 20, 2021
Prime Minister #ImranKhan is a man with nerves of steel. He's been fighting all his life and shall get through this too. The whole nation is praying for his recovery and health. Get well soon skipper. pic.twitter.com/pxu6q5BqRB
— Abdul Qadir (@AbdulqadirARY) March 20, 2021
We here at MangoBaaz wish the PM a speedy recovery.
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