Bangladesh to get Covid vaccines for 4.5 crore people by May-June

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Dhaka, Dec 21: Bangladesh will get Covid-19 vaccines for some 4.5 crore people by May-June next year, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said Monday.

“We’ll get three crore doses of vaccine for 1.5 crore people at the end of January or early February next year and six more crore doses for three crore people by May-June next,” he said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat, reports UNB.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting, joining it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

The training for vaccination has been started and EPI vaccination chain will be engaged massively for the Covid vaccination, Khandker Anwarul Islam said, adding that the vaccine issue was raised during the unscheduled discussion at the Cabinet meeting.

Replying to a question, he said the government is now thinking only about the Oxford vaccine, but would not be rigid about any other vaccine which gets the WHO’s approval.

About the use of masks, the Prime Minister directed to implement the ‘No Mask No Service’ policy strictly, said the Cabinet Secretary.