Reactivating The NCOC.

In March of this year, the then-Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan announced that the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), the principal body governing the policies and implementation of the national Covid-19 effort, would be closing by the end of the month. It had been hoped that we had seen the last of the pandemic, and concurrently the need for the NCOC.

Unfortunately, that does not appear to be a hope fulfilled. The current federal government on Wednesday decided to fully activate the NCOC in the light of rising coronavirus cases across the country. Due to the sudden rise in cases, the NCOC is now again working on drafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and aiding the government in increasing testing and to begin vaccinating children aged 5 to 12 in the next month or two. The campaign for booster shots will also be initiated again.

Reactivating the NCOC was a necessary step, considering the country reported 541 new...

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