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Pakistan to begin vaccinating children 12 and up

A door man gives hand sanitizer as Nepalese children arrive at their school that reopened after being closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, September 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

PAKISTAN's planning minister says the government will begin a drive to vaccinate children aged 12 or above to protect them from coronavirus.

The announcement on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 by Asad Umar comes amid a steady decline in fatalities from coronavirus across the country.

Umar in a tweet said Pakistan will launch a campaign soon to vaccinate children at schools. He did not say exactly when it will begin.

Currently, Pakistan is offering free jabs to teens and adults.

The latest development comes hours after Pakistan reported 41 deaths from coronavirus and 1,400 new cases in the past 24 hours.

It is the first time since July that Pakistan reported less than 1,500 single-day confirmed cases amid the fourth wave which authorities believe has subsided. (AP)


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