The government plans to vaccinate 80% of the total population as soon as possible
The government expects to receive a large consignment of Covid-19 vaccines in the first week of July and plans to vaccinate 80% of the country’s total population as soon as possible, says the health directorate chief.
Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam on Monday said that the next vaccine consignment will help them vaccinate a large part of the population as they plan to extend the vaccination campaign up to the village level.
During the vaccination drive, he said, expatriate workers who will go abroad will be given priority.
He said that the process has started to give the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to the expatriates soon.
On May 31, Bangladesh had received a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, under the international vaccine-sharing platform Covax.
The health authorities on June 21 started administering the vaccine at three hospitals in Dhaka. Authorities said the second dose of this vaccine will be given three weeks after the first dose.
During a virtual event organized by the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) in Dhaka Monday morning, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Director General Dr Alam said: “We hope to receive a large consignment of the Sinopharm vaccine at the beginning of next month.”
He also said that they have urged Covax to send two million more doses of thye Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. “The shipment may arrive in mid-August, but they are yet to inform us how many doses will be sent.”
The DGHS chief also commended the government for its initiatives in securing vaccines at a time when vaccine politics is happening all over the world that has left Bangladesh a victim of it.
Pfizer’s one is the third vaccine Bangladesh is currently using in its inoculation drive against Covid-19, which has so far killed more than 14,100 people.
The country has so far administered around 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine while a drive to administer over one million shots of China's Sinopharm is also underway.
A total of 119 people died in Bangladesh in the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday morning, the biggest figure since the pandemic hit the country in March last year.
During the same 24 hours, 5,268 more cases were also recorded, which took the total number of cases to 888,406, according to the health directorate.