There is a crisis but no panic: Fawad Chaudhry

Staff Reporter

Federal Minister for Information& Broadcasting, Mr. Fawad Chaudhry said that as far as the situation of Covid is concerned, there is a crisis but no panic.

He was in a webinar discussion held from the CPG Dialogue platform titled ‘Pakistan at the Crossroads’ with Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, Founder of Corporate Pakistan Group (CPG) and Nutshell Group.

Speaking at thewebinar he said,“When the first wave struck, we were totally unprepared and were not making any of the required apparatus etc.

locally, but in the past two years we have learned a lot and prepared ourselves, so we are tackling the situation even though we are facing the highest percentage that is 11%.”

Commenting on vaccinations in the country he mentioned that so far 1.7 million people have been vaccinated in Pakistan.

“Our first target is to vaccinate 26 million people and later scale it to 100 million individuals for vaccines in the second phase.”

The Minister was concerned about the increasing danger as the end of Ramadan is close where people usually flock at mosques and shopping centers;he expressed hope that people at large will act sensibly and consider the gravity of the situation.

He said he was thankful to the organizers of Raiwind annual congregation for cancelling their event.

About shortages of vaccines, he said the government is making every effort to acquire them but at the moment only two countries – China and Russia – are exportingas India has stopped export of vaccinesdue to its current situation.

Fawad Chaudhry also talked about the Information Ministry and said that he is determined to revamp the ministry and its operations by bringing about structural changes.

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