Pakistan Reaches One Million Daily COVID-19 Vaccinations After Warning of Penalties

Pakistan reached its target of administering one million daily COVID-19 vaccinations — its highest number of daily doses — on Aug. 2, a week after the federal government announced penalties for those who remain unvaccinated.

The milestone came after the government announced last week that those who work in shopping malls, hospitality businesses, transportation industries, and schools will be barred from entering offices if they do not provide eligible vaccine certificates, starting from the end of the month.

The provincial government in Sindh also announced that those who remain unvaccinated would have their salaries withheld and their phone SIM cards blocked, according to Dawn newspaper.

The penalty announcements led to long lines at vaccination centers and violence at two facilities.

Dawn newspaper reported that two of the largest vaccination centers in Karachi city — the Expo Center and Khaliq Dina Hall — were damaged due to violence.

Asad Umar, the minister in-charge of overseeing COVID-19 operations, said that Islamabad became the first city with a population of one million or more to get half of its eligible population vaccinated with the first dose.

According to the data from the government, Pakistan has now administered over 31 million  doses nationwide.

Pakistan also reported 3,582 new cases and 47 new deaths, bringing the tallies to 1,043,277 cases and 23,529 deaths.

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