Pandemic prognosis: What to expect from Covid in 2022?

There is still hope the pandemic could begin fading next year, though experts say gaping vaccine inequalities must be addressed.

Two years in, as the now Omicron-fuelled Covid crisis rages, there is still hope the pandemic could begin fading in 2022 though experts say gaping vaccine inequalities must be addressed.

It may seem like a far-off reality, as countries impose fresh restrictions to address the fast-spreading new variant and surging cases and a depressing feeling of deja vu sets in.

“We’re facing another very hard winter,” World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.

But health experts say we are far better equipped now than a year ago to tame the pandemic, with ballooning stocks of safe and largely effective vaccines and new treatments available.

IMF Rebuffs Imran Khan Govt’s Borrowing Request Amid Rising Financial Woes In Pakistan

IMF

Amid the ongoing financial woes in Pakistan, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected Islamabad’s request to keep the door open for borrowing from the central bank and also did not agree on any meaningful accountability of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

Pakistan petroleum dealers launch nationwide strike against lower profit margins

Pakistan’s petroleum dealers launched a nationwide protest against the government on Thursday for failing to raise their profit margins.

Several privately-owned petrol stations were closed across the country in response to the call by the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA).

Pakistan’s energy minister Hammad Azhar categorically said that only “legitimate demands” will be accepted and warned that those seeking a nine-rupee raise would face disappointment.

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Abhinandan

The reason for this accolade? India’s claim to have shot down an American-made F-16 with the Russian Mig-21 that WC Abhinandan was flying during the Balakot incident. His plane was totaled as the pilot ejected from the warcraft after being hit. This then led to him being taken into custody by the Pakistan Army.

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is trending on Twitter again, and here’s why. The Indian Air Force (IAF) WC has been conferred with India’s third most prestigious honor; the military ‘Gallantry Award’.

Pakistan Lahore blanketed by smog, ‘Find a solution,’ residents say

Pakistan Lahore blanketed by s

The Pakistani city of Lahore was declared the most polluted city in the world by an air quality monitor on Wednesday, as residents choking in acrid smog pleaded with officials to take action.

Lahore had an air quality ranking of 348, well over the hazardous level of 300, according to IQAir, the Swiss technology company that operates the AirVisual monitoring platform.