by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has begun the second phase of inoculating people those who received the first shot against novel coronavirus as the South Asian country reports daily surge in the number of new infections, officials said on Thursday.
People who received the text messages for the second dose, thronged to the hospitals to take the jabs from the morning.
More than 5.5 million people got the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca developed Covishield produced by Serum Institute of India after Bangladesh began the mass inoculation earlier in February.
The receipts of the first shot were asked to take the second one in eight weeks or two months. Side by side, the first does for those who are yet to receive will continue, according to the health ministry officials.
Bangladesh in November signed an agreement with Serum Institute of India to import 30 million doses of vaccine with a monthly supply of 5 million doses. But the institute delays the third consignment.
The government has been trying to source the vaccine from other countries as well.