by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka:
An anti-Covid-19 vaccination campaign will soon roll out for hundreds of thousands of industrial workers across Bangladesh to slow the spread of the virus that has infected more than 1.46 million people and with more than 25,000 deaths in the South Asian country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday ordered the officials to launch a separate campaign for the industrial workers and their families aiming at keeping the economic activities afloat amid the pandemic.
She also ordered at the weekly meeting of the cabinet to reduce the existing duration of two months between the first and second doses of the vaccine, said cabinet secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam after the meeting.
The meeting headed by the Prime Minister held a special discussion on the state of pandemic and the industrial workers, he said adding that the programme for the workers would start very soon.
Bangladesh will receive some 60 million more doses from the China-made Sinopharm as per an agreement signed by the Health Ministry, he said.
The South Asian country launched the mass vaccination campaign against the virus in February this year, but the campaign was suspended abruptly after India stopped vaccine import over supply crunch in April.
But the vaccination began in July after Bangladesh managed doses from alternative sources, especially China and the United States. A weeklong mass vaccination at the grassroots ended earlier this month amid nationwide lockdown shutting offices, transportation and shopping malls.
The lockdown was lifted completely on August 19 emphasizing on mass vaccination.