Bangladesh will administer 4 crore covid doses every month from January, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday.
The minister said, “For this, we are taking the initiative to give vaccines in every ward of the country starting next month. Hopefully, we will be able to meet our targets by next May-June.”
The minister said this at the annual general meeting of BDCL at Dhaka Club in the capital.
He said, a total of 28 crore of covid vaccine doses, including booster doses, will be needed to meet the target. The government has made the arrangement of procuring 31 doses of vaccine.
“So even if we need 28 crore doses of vaccine to meet our target including booster dose, we will have three crore more doses of vaccine in stock,” he added.
Of this, a total of 12 crore doses vaccine has been administered, including seven crore as first dose and five crore as second dose.
Maleque further said that Bangladesh has been praised by the world for tackling covid pandemic.
About the spread of Omicron, the minister warned that vaccines alone will not contain the omicron surge. “We have to follow the proper hygiene
Meanwhile, the minister said the production demand of BDCL in the country is increasing day by day. Besides the country, BDCL is also getting orders for the production of various medicines from different countries of the world. But compared to that, BDCL is not self-sufficient.
In this regard, a bill to build a modern factory building for BDCL has been sent to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec).
The minister said that BDCL will be even stronger after the implementation of this initiative.
Prof ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of Directorate General of Health Services, Prof Sharfuddin Ahmed, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Sahan Ara Banu, Director General of family Planning and Maj Gen Mahbubur Rahman, Director General of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) were present among others at the event.
Source: United News of Bangladesh