LONDON: The UK Authorities has informed Pakistan that it has no thought, at this stage, as to when will it take the nation off its journey purple checklist.
In keeping with each the UK and Pakistan authorities sources, the matter of Pakistan’s purple checklist journey ban was mentioned when Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks with the UK Minister for South Asia, Lord Tariq Ahmed of Wimbledon, who visited Pakistan final week.
Per sources, the Pakistan authorities has been knowledgeable by the UK authorities that the journey ban is only led by knowledge and no different issues as India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and dozens of different international locations are on the checklist as nicely. The UK authorities, per sources, will carry the journey restrictions solely when scientists advise it to take action.
In keeping with a supply, the ban may proceed until the top of this yr or a minimal of three months or so from now.
The federal government of Pakistan has conveyed to the UK authorities that Pakistan wish to come out of the checklist as quickly as potential and the UK authorities ought to set a timeline for it.
Nonetheless, the UK authorities has introduced that Pakistan will probably be amongst “the priority countries to benefit in the first phase of the New Variant Assessment Platform (NVAP).” In the meantime, different international locations to learn from the primary badge embody Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria.
Public Well being England stated that the platform goals to help international locations to spice up the potential and capability to successfully establish, assess, and observe new SARS-CoV-2 variants amongst their inhabitants so as to improve regional capability.
The NVAP was introduced in January by the Division of Well being and Social Care as a way for the UK to supply help to international locations that lack the potential and capability to successfully establish, assess, and observe new SARS-CoV-2 variants amongst their inhabitants.
Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab stated: “The UK is a science superpower and it is right that we share our expertise in the global fight against COVID-19. I welcome this partnership with Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, and the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to identify, track, and respond to new COVID-19 variants and future health threats globally. No one is safe until we are all safe.”
However, Well being and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid stated: “As we learn to live with COVID-19, we cannot underestimate the threat new variants could pose.
This ground-breaking genomics work — building on the phenomenal genomics expertise in the UK — will allow our global partners to identify variant cases of COVID-19 and support us all to future-proof our way of life by preventing potential pandemics in the years ahead, said Javid.
“We are working arm-in-arm with nations to tackle this global pandemic, helping us all return to normality as quickly as possible by saving lives and protecting livelihoods.”