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PM Imran Khan tests positive for Covid-19, enters self-isolation

Prime Minister Imran Khan and first lady Bushra Bibi have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it emerged on Saturday.

The premier’s diagnosis was confirmed by his aide on health Dr Faisal Sultan. He said that PM Imran was self-isolating at home after testing positive.

“At this point, the prime minister’s office can only confirm that the honourable prime minister has tested positive for COVID-19 and has self-isolated, we will release more details in due course,” his office said on Saturday.

PM Imran Khan, 68, received a shot of the Chinese-produced Sinopharm vaccine on Thursday, as the country battles a third wave of the virus.

PTI’s Senator Faisal Javed, taking to Twitter, also confirmed Bushra Bibi had tested positive for coronavirus, as he wished her a swift recovery.

Details regarding the first lady’s health have not been disclosed at the moment, however, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said the premier was “fit and doing well.”

He said that a lot of speculation has risen after news of the prime minister testing positive broke, especially with regard to vaccinations, and he wishes to provide some clarity.

“First of all, it is important to understand when the vaccines begin to show their effect and what changes are seen.

“No vaccine brings about any immediate changes, which means its efficacy, and our anti-bodies, do not kick in after the first dose,” he explained.

Dr Sultan said a level of antibodies that are fit to fight the infection are only produced two weeks after the second shot, in the case of two-dose vaccines.

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