Both infection and fatality rates have started decreasing as the government expanded the vaccination program up to grassroots, says the state minister
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the country has a target to vaccinate 50% people by December this year as the government intensified its efforts to collect required quantity of Covid-19 jabs.
"We hoped that we will collect 16 crore doses of coronavirus vaccines by January next year... meaning we will be able to inoculate 50% people by December," he told a discussion in a Dhaka hotel, an official release said.
The health minister said under the farsighted leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been successful in collecting required quantity of vaccines. "Success of Bangladesh to control coronavirus has been lauded globally," he added.
"A total of 120 students aged between 12 and 17 received Pfizer jabs...if we get positive reports from the vaccinated students, we will launch a large scale program for students in Dhaka.”
Both infection and fatality rates have started decreasing sharply since late August as the government expanded the vaccination program up to grassroots, Maleque added.
According to health ministry sources, Bangladesh set a target to vaccinate the country's 80% population by 2022 under an accelerated inoculation campaign, expecting receipt of required Covid-19 jabs within the estimated timeline.
Till to date, Bangladesh has collected nearly seven crore doses of vaccines.
As of October 19, a total of 3,91,68,948 people received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 1,96,32,107 got second shot of the jab as the countrywide vaccination campaign was launched on February 7.
Bangladesh has, so far, approved eight Covid vaccines to control the deadly disease.
The approved vaccines are from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, CoronaVac, Pfizer, Covishield, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.
Senior Secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain Mian, senior officials of relevant organizations and leaders of different platforms, among others, were present at the discussion with the Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam Maleque in the chair.