Bangladesh health officials said on Sunday they had set a deadline to vaccinate 80% of Bangladesh’s total population of 170 million by 2022 as part of the government campaign to contain the Covid-19 situation.
“We plan to vaccinate 80% of the total population of the country by 2022,” said director general of the general directorate of health services Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam.
Speaking to BSS, he said Bangladesh was already on the verge of purchasing around 14 crore doses of vaccine by June of next year, while the rest of the required vaccines are expected to be purchased in the following months. to implement the plan.
The head of DGHS said the procurement process was already underway by making deals with different countries and companies.
He said deals had been made to get three crore of vaccine from Chinese Sinopharm, one crore from Sputnik V from Russia, seven crore from Johnson & Johnson and 65 lakh Pfizer from the United States, three million from AstraZeneca.
According to DGHS data, Bangladesh has so far collected around 1.61 crore of COVID-19 vaccines and, as of July 25, nearly 73.50 lakh of people have received the first injection and more than 43 lakh have used up. the course by getting the second dose of vaccine.
The number of people who have registered them so far is 1.18 crore.
Alam said that a large-scale vaccination campaign would also be launched in rural areas after receiving the vaccines and “we hope to get these vaccines very soon.”
“We will vaccinate people in the most remote villages,” said the head of DGHS, adding that other means were being explored for registering recipients to speed up the vaccination campaign by vaccinating 13 crore of 17 crore people by 2022, he added.
The DGHS chief’s comments came a day after authorities lowered the age limit for recipients from 30 to 18 amid brutal attacks of the deadly variant of the Delta coronavirus.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque announced the decision on Saturday and asked the ICT division to overhaul the national Surokkha app. to integrate the younger population.
People aged 55 and over were initially declared unreadable for vaccination, as the vaccination campaign was launched on February 7 of this year, while the age line was revised three times thereafter.
On February 7, the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign began with the spontaneous participation of all levels of people to receive vaccines from 1,055 designated hospitals.
“Each month, one crore of people in the country will need to get vaccinated, which means four lakhs per day, to take full advantage of the vaccines,” said the National Technical Advisory Committee on the President of Covid-19, Professor Mohammad Shahidullah.
He said the vaccination campaign would not yield outstanding results unless the registration process was relaxed to speed up the campaign, as vaccines from different companies have a specific period of effectiveness.
Shahidullah said India had so far vaccinated 43 million people as it led a faster vaccination campaign despite the worst onslaught of the pandemic.
“Prompt vaccination coverage will reduce both the infection rate and the death rate,” he said.