COVID-19 vaccination campaign will launch tomorrow in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is set to witness the launching of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign tomorrow as inoculates reached designated government medical warehouses up to the Upazila level.

“Everything is set to launch it (campaign) tomorrow,” health services (DGHS) director-general Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam said.

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He added: “The people will get the vaccine free of cost, meaning the government will bear all expenditures to vaccinate of them.”

Bangladesh by now received five million doses of expected 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured by India’s Serum Institute apart from two more million jabs received as gifts from the neighboring country.

Bangladesh eventually is expected to get 68 million or 6.80 crore vaccines for 20 percent of its population or 3.40 crore, people, from the WHO, COVAX facility.

Officials said after initial lab testing, the Oxford-AstraZeneca inoculates were dispatched across the country to be preserved at Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) stores.

The inoculates would be administered among people in government hospitals up to upazila level while three lakh people so far got them registered to be inoculated.

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