Our Correspondent, Dhaka, 11 January: Ending all speculations surrounding vaccine, Bangladesh is going to kick off the vaccination drive against Covid-19 on the first week of February.
In a briefing today, Dr Shamsul Haque, director of the Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said, “The vaccine will be kept in Beximco warehouses for two days after arrival from India’s Serum Institute by January 25.
Later vaccine will be applied on the health workers or volunteers first, and the process will be monitored for the next seven days.”
“Later nationwide vaccination will begin on the first week of February,” he added.
He further said, the registration process for Covid vaccination will begin on 26 January.
The Covid-19 vaccine will be given to 50 lakh people in the first phase. The second dose of vaccine will be given four weeks after the first dose.
Bangladesh’s health ministry, in November last year, signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Serum Institute of India and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd to import the vaccine under development by Oxford/AstraZeneca.
Serum will export Covid-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh in between 21-25 January, Beximco Chief Operating Officer (COO) Rabbur Reza told TBS today.
The Covid-19 vaccine will be kept in two Beximco warehouses in Gazirpur’s Tongi. Later, the doses will be sent to EPI centre maintaining cold chain.