Dhaka – Bangladesh is expected to be able to vaccinate some 45 million people by June next year to fight the Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a senior official said on Monday.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque informed at the weekly cabinet meeting that 30 million doses of vaccine will be available by January while another 60 million doses in latest by June, said cabinet secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam.
Every person will require two doses of vaccine.
The meeting headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was also informed that the government prepared the grassroots to begin the vaccine to prevent the disease.
Health officials at the field levels are being trained up, and the government’s nationwide network for Extended Immunization Programme will be used for this purpose.
The cabinet secretary said the Oxford produced vaccine is the main target by now. But any vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation will also be taken.
The government’s vaccination effort will cover only 20 per cent of Bangladesh’s total population by June. The rest others will have to wait for the next round.
To prevent the spread of the disease, the government will continue to alert the citizen to follow the health guidelines approved earlier.
Islam said the Prime Minister laid emphasis on wearing facemasks as she directed to implement ‘no mask, no service’ policy strictly at all levels.
Bangladesh reported more than 500,000 cases of novel coronavirus since the first cases were reported on March 8. Some 7,312 people have died after they contacted the virus. The first death was reported on March 18.