• Thursday, Feb 02, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Health Minister: Covid-19 vaccination to resume from June 19

  • Published at 01:07 pm June 14th, 2021
File photo: Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque addresses the press at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday, January 31, 2020 <strong>Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune</strong>
File photo shows Health Minister Zahid Maleque addressing the media Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The government suspended administering the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine due to a crisis of supply on April 25 this year

The nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which stalled due to a suspension of supply back in April, is going to resume on June 19. 

Health Minister Zahid Maleque made the announcement during an event in Dhaka on Monday. 

He said since the Covid-19 situation was worsening again in the country, the focus had to be more on prevention right now. 

That is why, the health authorities will resume the vaccination with the vaccine it has in stock right now, he added. 

“Covid-19 infections are on the rise again. We have to remain vigilant,” the health minister said. “If the cases continue to rise, healthcare will be affected, since the number of hospital beds is limited. We must focus on preventing the spread.”

Earlier on Monday, health directorate chief Dr ABM Khurshid Alam also said that they were going to resume administering the Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccine from next week. 

People who have already registered for Covid-19 vaccines will receive the vaccines, and they will receive texts from the health authorities informing them when to get vaccinated, the DGHS director general added.

When asked about the resumption of the vaccine registration process, Dr Khurshid Alam said: “It will resume once we receive the next consignment of purchased vaccines.”

Bangladesh started its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program on February 7 by administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Also Read- Covid-19: Daily deaths cross 50 after 5 weeks, infections top 3,000

The country has so far received seven million Covishield doses through its contract. Besides, India gave Bangladesh 3.3 million doses as a gift.

However, on April 25, the government suspended administering the first doses with Covishield, just a day after India said no more vaccine doses would be shipped to Bangladesh anytime soon as the Covid-19 situation worsened there.

As the SII has been unable to provide the number of doses they promised, many people are waiting for second jabs after receiving their first.

Bangladesh has a little over 129,000 doses of Covishield, in stock as of Sunday, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

As the country reached out to several allies for Covid-19 vaccines, The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved emergency use of US’s Pfizer-BioNtech, China’s Sinopharm, and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines. 

On May 12, China sent 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift. 

The health authorities administered the Sinopharm vaccine to 500 medical college students on May 25.

The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) administered the Sinopharm vaccine to over 450 Chinese citizens as well.

On May 31, the country also received 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under the Covax facility run by the World Health Organization and Gavi, the vaccine alliance.

On Sunday, Bangladesh received another 600,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China, also as a gift. 

To tackle the vaccine shortage, Bangladesh also sought two million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the US, once the latter announced on April 26 that it would share the vaccine with the world.

On Friday, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh would receive over a million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Covax soon. 

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