All residents of the country will receive the two doses of vaccines and the booster against Covid-19 by December in line with the target, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Monday.
“Bangladesh has been successful in its vaccination campaign. About 10 million people in the country have been vaccinated so far,” he said in an interview with reporters at the Secretariat.
The minister said the government has so far spent more than Tk 20,000 crore to vaccinate the people of the country.
“About 70% of people have been vaccinated. Of these, around 6.75 million people received the second doses and 26 million people received the booster shots,” he said.
“The government is not finding people to vaccinate,” he said.
There are 10 crores of vaccines in stock, the minister said, adding that Bangladesh had received a total of 27 crores of vaccine doses.
The country will have additional vaccine stocks even after vaccinating everyone, the minister said.
Zahid Maleque urged everyone to get vaccinated as the death rate has gone down among vaccinated patients.
Currently, around 2,500 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals across the country, including 1,500 patients in hospitals in Dhaka, he said.
Covid situation in January
In January, the country reported 322 Covid-19 related deaths and 2,13,294 new cases while 19,112 recovered from the disease, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Of the 322 deaths during the period, 234 were unvaccinated patients while 18 received the first dose, 68 the second dose and 2 the third dose.
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