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Health minister: Vaccine agreement in 2-4 days

  • Published at 10:41 pm October 31st, 2020
File photo: Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque addresses the press at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday, January 31, 2020 <strong>Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune</strong>
File photo of Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Elderly or vulnerable people would get vaccinated in the first phase, says Maleque

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Saturday said that an agreement to get supplies of a Covid-19 vaccine, once it is approved, would hopefully be reached in the next “two to four days”.

The minister disclosed the information while distributing food packages among people affected by the pandemic, including the disease and the lockdown measures, in Garpara of Manikganj Sadar upazila.

"Vaccine is being prepared in many places across the world, we're in touch with them, and hopefully we will be able to sign an agreement shortly, in the next two to four days," he said.

However, not everyone would get the vaccine at the same time. Some people [the elderly or vulnerable] would get it in the first phase and gradually as more supplies are secured, others would also get vaccinated, Maleque explained.

"But vaccine alone can’t prevent an epidemic; people must follow health guidelines and maintain social distancing even after being vaccinated," he insisted.

Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh

Bangladesh on Saturday registered 1,320 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, pushing the caseload to 407,684.

Besides, 18 more patients died of Covid-19 during the period, taking the fatalities to 5,923.

So far, 324,145 patients have recovered from the disease — 1,442 in the last 24 hours.

The fatality rate in Bangladesh is 1.45%, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8. The number of cases reached the 300,000-mark on August 26. The first death was reported on March 18 and the death toll exceeded 5,000 on September 22.

The global confirmed cases of Covid-19 exceeded 45 million on Saturday, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

The data shows the Covid-19 cases reached 45,477,552, while 1,187,023 fatalities were recorded till Saturday morning.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December last year. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic in March.

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