Minister: (COVID-19 vaccine to be available in country in first quarter of next year: Asad)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar has said the numbers of COVID-19 patients are increasing day by day, as the second wave of the pandemic is more lethal as compared to first one.

Talking to a private news channel, he said everyone should adopt caring measures to control the contagion from spreading at large scale in the country.

The Minister urged opposition parties to take the virus as a serious threat and avoid holding public gatherings.

He said the opposition parties are intentionally playing with lives of people and pushing them into danger by holding public gatherings.

He said the coronavirus vaccine would be available in the country in first quarter of next year and it would be provided to health workers and old citizens on priority basis.