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Pakistan

Web Desk
March 20, 2021

First Lady Bushra Bibi contracts COVID-19

Web Desk
Sat, Mar 20, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi. — Twitter/File

Prime Minister Imran Khan's wife and First Lady, Bushra Bibi, has also tested positive for COVID-19. The development came hours after the government announced that the premier had contracted the  disease.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfi Bukhari, taking to Twitter, wished the first lady a speedy recovery.

"May Allah give them both shifa (health)," he wrote.

"Vaccines are safe & must be taken, #PMIK had his first shot just a day ago, before which he was exposed already. Please do get yourself & loved ones vaccinated and fight the fake news," he added.

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

"Lots of prayers for all who have been tested positive including PM Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi!!! May ALLAH give them speedy recovery," he said.

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.