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Covid-19: Bangladesh finally approves antibody test

  • Published at 03:56 pm January 24th, 2021
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Earlier, Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) permitted icddr,b to carry out efficiency verification test for antibody tests

The government has finally approved the long-anticipated antibody tests for a Covid-19.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque made the announcement to the media from the meeting room of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday.

Antibody tests look for the presence of covid antibodies after infection and how the body fights off the virus. 

Speaking to the media, the health minister said: “This decision [of allowing antibody tests] was long anticipated, and now we have given permission to conduct them.”

Earlier, Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BMRC) permitted the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) to carry out efficiency verification tests for antibody tests.

Earlier this month, National Technical Advisory Committee (NATC) in Covid-19 urged the government to start antibody tests to assess the effectiveness of the incoming vaccines.

The Covid-19 National Technical Advisory Committee (NATC)too urged the government to start antibody tests to assess the effectiveness of the incoming vaccines.

More 5m vaccine on-board 

The country has already received two million vaccines as a gift from India. 

The minister hoped that the first consignment of five million AstraZeneca vaccine of Oxford, which were bought from the Serum Institute of India (producer) may arrive Monday. 

All preparations have been made for this, the minister said but was unaware of the arrival time.

Zahid Maleque also hoped that Bangladesh would get the second consignment in February. 

“The permission to import vaccines under non-governmental arrangements is yet to be given,” he added.

Health-workers to get vaccine first

The vaccination will be done according to the protocol of the World Health Organization (WHO), Zahid Maleque said.

“Most of those who will be immunized first are health workers. Frontline workers will be given priority. Then everyone will get the vaccine. We too will be given the vaccine,” the health minister further said, referring to himself. 

Moreover, the mobile application, meant to register vaccine candidates online, will be handed over to the Health Services department on Monday by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) department, said Prof Khurshid Alam, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) after holding a meeting with ICT department’s parliamentary committee.

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