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Shahriar Alam: Bangladesh will give Hungary Covid-19 vaccine

  • Published at 09:07 am January 31st, 2021
Vaccine consignment being loaded to freezer vans at Dhaka airport 25.01.2021
Officials load boxes of Covid-19 vaccine doses coming from India into Beximco Pharma's freezer vans at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday, January 25, 2021 Collected

Bolivia also sought vaccine doses from Bangladesh

Hungary and Bolivia have sought Covid-19 vaccine from Bangladesh, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariar Alam has told the Parliament.

He divulged the matter while taking part in the thanksgiving motion on president's speech on Sunday.

Shahriar said that Hungary sought 5,000 vaccines from Bangladesh and it will be given.

"Bolivia also sought vaccine from us. The prime minister and the Health Ministry will take decision regarding the matter," he said.

The health authorities in Bangladesh confirmed 17 more new coronavirus-related deaths and 363 new cases in the last 24 hours till 8am on Saturday.

With the fresh ones, the total number of deaths from the deadly virus in the country reached 8,111 while the mortality rate stands at 1.52%, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a handout.

It said the Covid-19 infection rate in the country is now 3%.

Meanwhile, the new cases pushed up the national tally to 534,770 while the current overall detection rate is 14.69%. Until this morning, 479,297 patients (89.63% of the total reported cases) have recovered

So far, 3,639,497 samples have been tested, including 12,084 in the past 24 hours. Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18 last year

Earlier on Friday, the country recorded 454 coronavirus cases and only seven fatalities

Vaccination in Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said at the launch that “70 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines are now available in the country. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is the safest one in the world."

Also read - How did Bangladesh get Covid-19 vaccine so quickly?

For getting a shot, one needs to register on www.surokkha.gov.bd.

For now, the vaccination program will be limited to five centres in the capital and nationwide inoculation will start in early February.

Mass vaccination in Bangladesh

A day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Covid-19 vaccination program in Bangladesh, the Health Ministry on Thursday rolled out the inoculation drive at five government hospitals in Dhaka.

At Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Vice-Chancellor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua kicked off the program in the morning by getting a shot of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca-developed vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on January 27 inaugurated the much-sought Covid-19 vaccination program at a city hospital to check the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh. The national wide vaccination drive will start off on February 7.

Bangladesh first received two million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India as a gift and then received five more million doses from the Serum Institute of India.

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