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ED: A chance for us to get it right

  • Published at 02:01 am January 29th, 2021
Workers in Bangladesh unload a vaccine shipment from India SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

We must carry out the process with the utmost diligence and commitment

After more than a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and masks to protect ourselves from the spread of coronavirus, the Health Ministry has begun its vaccination program at five different hospitals.

Despite the problems we have faced in the past, including the loss lives and livelihoods, the beginning of the program is indeed a momentous one, one which brings with it hope and a chance, finally, to return to normal.

This trial run will see the government vaccinate around 700 people, and thus begins the long and difficult process of ensuring that the people of this country are protected against the devastating effects of Covid-19 in the months and years to come.

We have editorialized before on the need to ensure that we get the vaccination process right, which will undoubtedly be a complicated one, logistically speaking, considering the massive population that Bangladesh is home to.

The responsibility of vaccinating such an overwhelming number of people is a tremendous task, but it is one on which we cannot compromise. We must carry out the process with the utmost diligence and commitment, and ensure that the people of this country are educated on the purpose and effects of the vaccine so that there remains absolute transparency in each step of the vaccination process.

It is perhaps our only shot at coming out of this crisis, a crisis which has seen the suffering of millions of people across the nation and the world come to the fore.

Let us be realistic: The road ahead for vaccination will not be an easy one. Will we have to fight misinformation and scepticism all the way, all the while tackling the overwhelming challenges of such an unprecedented endeavour. Even developed nations such as the US are running into problems, so for this rollout plan to work, we need to stay on course.

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