Pakistan gets 300,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to fight Covid JN.1 variant

11:04 AM | 12 Feb, 2024
Pakistan gets 300,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine to fight Covid JN.1 variant

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan gets another 300,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine as new Covid-19 variants spread in parts of world. 

Chief of Centre for Disease Control (CDC) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) told media that while no country currently mandates Covid-19 vaccination for travel, Saudi Arabia might enforce it due to large gatherings during Ramadan and Hajj.

He mentioned that vaccines, provided by USAID at Pakistan's request, are now available following February's planned distribution, emphasising need for vaccine availability in anticipation of potential new variants.

CDC chief said despite no mandatory vaccination for travelers, efforts are made to address the issue. A sub-variant of Omicron, JN.1, emerged in the US in September 2023, later spreading globally, including to Pakistan.

Earlier this year, WHO named JN.1 as a variant of interest due to its rapid spread. 

Last month, emergence of new Covid variant, JN1, raised concerns as four cases were confirmed on Sunday in Pakistan. Despite mild symptoms exhibited by the infected individuals, health authorities remain vigilant.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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