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300,000 Covid-19 test kits in stock, can support efforts for a month

  • Published at 07:31 pm July 20th, 2020
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Bangladesh will be one of the first countries to get Covid-19 vaccines, and for free, says Health Services Division secretary

Bangladesh currently has around 300,000 Covid-19 test kits in stock for health authorities to continue testing for about a month, said a top government official.

“Currently, we have about 300,000 test kits in stock, and the import of more kits is underway,” said Health Services Division Secretary Abdul Mannan, speaking at an online meeting of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19.

The meeting was held at the secretariat in Dhaka on Monday.

Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Director General Prof Dr Abul Kalam Azad, and Health Services Division Additional Secretary (administration) Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and other high officials of the Health Ministry also attended the meeting.

“If we continue to conduct as many as 10,000 tests everyday, the stock will last for about a month. I am hopeful that more kits will be imported in the meantime.

“There is no crisis in the country’s coronavirus testing efforts. Surely, initiatives will be taken to expand our present testing capacity,” Mannan added.

The secretary also said Bangladesh will be one of the first countries to get their hands on a Covid-19 vaccine, once invented and approved. Bangladesh’s per capita income is still below $4,000 and so it will get the vaccine for free.

“Since the per capita income of Bangladeshis is below $2,000, the country will get a vaccine for free. The government plans to distribute the vaccine to about 80% of the population gradually,” said Mannan.

He also said the government has already taken necessary steps to bring the vaccine and distribute it.