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Covid vaccination: How does Bangladesh fare?

  • Published at 02:50 pm August 3rd, 2021
A nurse injects the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a person at BSMMU Hospital in Dhaka on Monday, June 21, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The country is all set to inoculate 10 million people in a week starting August 7

When it comes to vaccinating people against Covid-19, Bangladesh still comes with a poor show having just 8.3 shots injected to every 100 people as yet despite a hefty boost in the nationwide inoculation campaign recently.

Considering the parameter, Bangladesh was ranked 130th among 184 countries mentioned on the list topped by the UAE, where every 100 people received 172 jabs as of Tuesday, according to a New York Times estimate.

Even a day earlier, Bangladesh was on the 131th spot, following war-torn Libya, despite both countries witnessing per 100 people receive the same number of vaccine shots (8.1). 

Heavily ravaged by Israeli atrocities, even Palestine’s West Bank and Gaza managed to inject 22 shots to every 100 people.    

Bangladesh, the latest figures show, has administered nearly 13.5 million shots to its people since launching the nationwide vaccination campaign on February 7.  

To date, 5.6% of its mammoth population received at least one dose of Covid vaccines, while merely 2.7% people were jabbed twice.

Prior to that, the country had started a pilot vaccination program on January 27 through administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

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On April 25, however, the government was forced to suspend the first dose of the vaccine campaign, a day after India stopped exporting the vaccine due to a record-breaking surge in cases and deaths there.

Even in the first week of May, Bangladesh postponed registration for vaccination due to the shortage of vaccine supply.

Finally, after a two-month break, Bangladesh on July 8 resumed mass registration as millions of vaccine vials reached Dhaka over the period, with the government procuring millions more in the coming months to fight the pandemic.

How do the rest of the top countries fare?

Malta, Bahrain, Uruguay and Chile follow UAE on the list, with 151; 142; 139 and 135shots given to per 100 people respectively. Interestingly, among the most vaccinated countries, only Canada finds a spot on the top 10 position of the list.

Being one of the most vaccinated nations, the UK with 128 shots given to every 100 people stands 12th on the ranking of 184 countries. The USA (30th), India (94th) and Brazil (59th) — the worst-hit countries in terms of total caseloads— see just 105; 35 and 68 doses respectively being injected per 100 people.

Already dubbed as a new Covid hotspot mainly due to the Delta variant surge, Indonesia (105th) also lags quite behind on the list, with every 100 people getting just 25 jabs. With 68,620,908 doses injected already, Indonesia is also among the top vaccinated countries.

Badly reeling from a political unrest, Haiti is at the bottom having just 6,567 shots given. It means only 0.1 doses are administered to every 100 people.

Ray of hope

Amid the ups and downs, Bangladesh is all set to inoculate 10 million people in a week, with the main focus on the people living at union and ward levels.

In an inter-ministerial meeting last week, the government decided to launch walk-in vaccinations for the people in rural areas from August 7.

For inoculating 10 million people in a week, authorities will have to administer 2.5 million doses a day, given that the drive is conducted four days a week.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque recently said they would administer the first 10 million shots from August 7 to August 14.

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