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President Abdul Hamid to receive coronavirus vaccine tomorrow

President Abdul Hamid will receive his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

He will receive the shot at 5pm at his official residence Bangabhaban, his Press Secretary Joynal Abedin said.

Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases a year ago on March 8. The country’s first Covid-19 related death was announced on March 18 that year.

Until today, the country reported 552,087 cases, including 8,489 fatalities. So far, 505,349 patients (91.46 percent) have recovered.

The government launched a countrywide vaccination drive on Feb 7.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received her first dose on March 4. On February 24, her sister Sheikh Rehana had her first vaccine jab.

By Tuesday, 4,013,963 people received the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The second dose has to be taken between 8 and 12 weeks of the first one.

So far, 5,251,935 people have registered for vaccine.

The government signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, for acquiring 30 million doses of the vaccine. Serum will provide five million doses every month between January and June.

People, who are 40 or above, have to register at www.surokkha.gov.bd. Health Minister Zahid Maleque said that the age limit would be revised once more doses are available.

Coronavirus cases were first reported in China in December 2019. Until Tuesday, more than 117 million cases have been reported worldwide with 2.6 million deaths, according to John Hopkins University tally.

Source: United News of Bangladesh