1st consignment of COVID vaccines to arrive Jan 25
Published: 01:22 PM, 20 January 2021 Updated: 03:00 PM, 20 January 2021
Health Service Division Secretary Abdul Mannan speaks at a press conference held at the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday; Photo: Collected
Health Service Division Secretary Abdul Mannan today said 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine received as a gift from India would arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon.
“The first consignment of 30 million doses of vaccines bought by Bangladesh will arrive on January 25,” he made the remarks at a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday.
The Secretary said the vaccines would arrive in Bangladesh on an Air India flight at 1:30 pm. From there, the vaccine will be kept in the warehouse of EPI in Tejgaon. “6 million people will be vaccinated in the first month,” he informed.
The press conference was attended by the Chief Coordinator of the PMO Zuena Aziz, Senior Secretary of the ICT Division, Director General of the DGHS Prof Dr. ABM Khurshid Alam. Detailed information about Covid-19 vaccine management was informed at the press conference.
“These vaccines will be tested on January 27 or 28. About 400 to 500 people from Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital, Mugda General Hospital and Kuwait Maitri Hospital will be vaccinated. Then the wait a week as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) protocol. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the nationwide vaccination program,” said the Secretary of the Health Service Division.