Sinopharm C-19 vaccination begins from May 25
Published : Tuesday, 18 May, 2021 at 12:00 AM Count : 115
The government will start administering the first dose of Chinese 'Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine' in the country from May 25.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque made the disclosure at a briefing held at his Ministry on Monday.
Bangladesh will start begin the vaccination activities with the Chinese vaccine from the 30 lakh doses of vaccines the government received as gift from the Chinese government. Within the period, new consignment of vaccines will arrive in the country, the Minister hoped.
He said, "We have talked with Russia, China, UK and USA for the vaccine and got positive response from them. Hopefully, good news will be given soon regarding vaccines for saving the lives of the people."
"We have also talked with India and UK for vaccines to complete the second dose of those who received the first dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Though order for three crore doses was placed, we got only 70 lakh from India so far. We are in trouble due to the failure of the Indian authority," he added.
On May 12 this year, a consignment of five lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine, gifted by the Chinese government, reached Dhaka. The DGHS authority stopped administering second dose of vaccines in Chattogram from Monday.
Regarding the issue, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said they have a stock of vaccine, which can be administered for next seven to 10 days. Hopefully, fresh consignment of vaccines will be received within a very short time. The second dose will be completed with the vaccines.
On the same day, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Spokesperson Nazmul Islam said the doses will be given to the medical and nursing students, along with medical technologists, who work in direct contact with Covid-19 patients.