Bangladesh will get Covid-19 vaccines for some 4.5 crore people by May-June next year, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said Monday.
“We’ll get three crore doses of vaccine for 1.5 crore people at the end of January or early February next year and six more crore doses for three crore people by May-June,” he told reporters after the Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting, joining it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
The training for vaccination has been started and EPI vaccination chain will be engaged massively for the Covid vaccination, Islam said, adding that the vaccine issue was raised during the unscheduled discussion at the Cabinet meeting.
Replying to a question, he said the government is now thinking only about the Oxford vaccine, but would not be rigid about any other vaccine which gets the WHO’s approval.
About the use of masks, the Prime Minister directed to implement the ‘No Mask No Service’ policy strictly, said the Cabinet Secretary.
Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. On Monday, the health authorities announced detection of 1,470 new cases and 32 deaths.
The country has so far recorded 502,183 cases with 7,312 deaths.
Covid-19 mortality rate in Bangladesh stood at 1.45 percent, the Directorate General of Health Services said.
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News source: UNB NEWS