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It’s time to speed up vaccination

19 April 2021

Rising mortality in the midst of the third Covid-19 wave and growing anxiety in business circles over possible restrictions on international travel and trade necessitate ramping up the pace of vaccination in Pakistan. The slow pace of inoculation can have consequences. Besides being a weak shield to protect lives, it can prompt reactions from other countries. The fear of restrictions on the international mobility of citizens and consignments, businesspeople feel, is not misplaced.  Dr Saad Shafqat, Professor of neurology at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, keenly follows health and social issues. He did not see a significant threat to the mobility of Pakistanis. "The limitations around vaccines are a global problem", he said.