• Thursday, Jul 07, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Bangladesh to vaccinate Rohingyas from August

  • Published at 07:07 pm July 15th, 2021
Rohingya camps  Cox’s Bazar
Inside the Rohingya campMahmud Hossain Opu

More than 2,100 Rohingyas have tested positive for the virus and at least 24 have died from Covid-19

Bangladesh government will start giving coronavirus vaccinations from August to some of the 850,000 Rohingya refugees who fled across the border from Myanmar, officials said on Thursday.

With infections rising across Bangladesh, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Shah Rezwan Hayat said about 48,000 Rohingya aged over 55 would start receiving jabs from next month with help from the World Health Organization (WHO).

"We are targeting 55-year-olds due to vaccine shortages," Hayat told AFP.

"Hopefully, we will be able to give everyone the vaccine in phases if there is no shortage," he said.

Bangladesh has seen a massive surge of coronavirus cases in recent weeks.


Also Read - Public interest in vaccines increasing


The country has now recorded more than one million infections and over 17,000 deaths. Experts say “the true toll is four to five times higher.”    

There has also been an alarming virus spike in the Rohingya camps on the Myanmar border. Most of the refugees fled across the frontier in 2017 to escape a Myanmar military clampdown that the United Nations has said could be genocide.

At least five camps are in lockdown with the movement of aid workers and other visitors severely restricted.

More than 2,100 Rohingyas have tested positive for the virus and at least 24 have died from Covid-19.

Rohingya refugees welcomed the vaccinations but said they should cover more people.

"The camps are densely populated. So, everyone is at risk of being infected," said Mohammad Rafiq, a refugee at Lambasia camp.

50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail