Pakistan Vaccination: Two health department personnel in Pakistan’s Punjab province were suspended on Thursday for issuing fake corona vaccine certificates in the name of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to a government hospital here. A Punjab government official told PTI that Sharif, who has been undergoing treatment in London since November 2019, was given the first dose of the Chinese anti-Covid-19 vaccine Sinovac on Wednesday as per the records of the National Command Operation Center (NCOC).
According to NCOC records, Sharib (71) was vaccinated at the Government Kot Khwaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore. The episode has turned into a major political storm in Pakistan, with Sharif-led opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML)-N targeting Prime Minister Imran Khan and his ministers over the vaccination programme.
PML (Nawaz) Punjab spokesperson Azam Bukhari said that while the government has blocked the Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC), the three-time prime minister’s name is included in the NCOC figures. He said, “This raises serious questions on the vaccination program of the government. It is ironic that Sharif’s vaccination record has also come up in the NCOC data.”
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had ordered an inquiry into the matter. In the past, several employees of the Health Department have been suspended or arrested for issuing fake Kovid-19 vaccine certificates.
According to NCOC data, 2357 new cases of corona virus infection were reported in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, while 58 patients died due to the epidemic. Sharif was serving a seven-year jail term in Kot Lakhpat jail on corruption charges when the Lahore High Court granted him four weeks’ bail and allowed him to leave the country for treatment.
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