The prime minister stated that she will take the vaccine once vaccination targets are met in the country
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said she has not yet taken the Covid-19 vaccine but will take it for sure.
“I will surely take the vaccine, but I want the people of the country to take it first. If one life can be saved with my vaccine that’s a big achievement! Isn’t it?” she said.
The prime minister said this while responding to questions from journalists at a virtual press conference, marking the UN’s final recommendation for Bangladesh’s graduation from the LDC group.
She joined the press conference from her official residence Ganabhaban. It was organized at the Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
Sheikh Hasina said she wants to see how many people can be brought under the vaccination coverage first. “We have a target. We will provide vaccines up to that level. If any vaccine is left after that, I will take my one,” she said.
The prime minister said the government is carrying out a campaign so that everyone, up to the rural level, can take the vaccine as per the WHO guidelines.
“I have instructed the authorities concerned to bring 30 million additional vaccines. We are taking steps so that the second doses are available with the completion of the first doses,” Hasina said, mentioning that the government is taking appropriate measures to ensure that no one is left unvaccinated.
Sheikh Hasina also said if any country is unable to produce the vaccine then Bangladesh will assist. “I have already asked the pharmaceutical companies, which are capable of producing it, to get ready. We are looking to bring the vaccine seed.”
The prime minister said she has asked the teachers and others involved with educational institutions to take the vaccine as the government is trying to resume academic activities very soon.
“Everyone will have to take the vaccine as per the WHO guidelines. We want to restore the environment for academic activities,” she said.
Replying to a question about the “magic” behind keeping economic activities vibrant alongside keeping people safe during this pandemic, Hasina said it is not magic at all. “It is the sincerity and our responsibility to the country and its people.”