Bangladesh starts 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccine from April 8



The government will start administering second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from April 8 next across the country.

Professor Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, Additional Director General (Planning and Development), Directorate General of Health Services, disclosed it while replying to queries of journalists during the inauguration of a new building at the Central Medical Stores Depot (CSMD) in the capital on Sunday.

She said those who have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, will have to receive the second dose from April 8 next.

Professor Flora, however, said people will have to follow health guidelines strictly even after taking the coronavirus vaccine. “There is no alternative to follow health guidelines to contain coronavirus,” she said.

Being connected to the programme virtually, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said it would not be possible to free Bangladesh from coronavirus unless people extend cooperation to government.

He called upon all to extend cooperation to the government to free the country from coronavirus.

Referring to the recent hike of Covid-19 infection in Bangladesh, the health minister said coronavirus infection is increasing in the country, because people are going to different places for holidaying. They are going to Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, and attending wedding functions, picnics and waz mahfils.

“Some 25 lakh people have travelled to Cox’s Bazar over the last 15 days. Many of them didn’t follow health guidelines. They also didn’t wear face masks. Coronavirus infection is rising in the country because of these reasons,” he said.

It may be recalled that Bangladesh bought the first batch of five million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from Serum Institute of India on January 25. Earlier, the Indian government sent two million doses of the vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift on January 20.

On November 5 last year, Bangladesh signed a deal with Serum Institute of India for the procurement of 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. As per contract, Serum Institute will supply five million doses each month.

Bangladesh began its nationwide vaccination efforts on February 7.

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