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Dhaka, Tuesday   15 June 2021

1st dose of China’s vaccine to be rolled out from May 25

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:20 PM, 17 May 2021   Updated: 03:28 PM, 17 May 2021

Health Minister Zahid Maleque briefing reporters in the conference room of the Ministry of Health; Photo: Collected

Health Minister Zahid Maleque briefing reporters in the conference room of the Ministry of Health; Photo: Collected

The first dose of China’s vaccine will be rolled out from May 25, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque. 

“We have talked to various countries, including Russia, China, United Kingdom and United States, for purchasing the vaccine,” he said while addressing a press briefing at the meeting room of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday afternoon. 

Health Minister informed the government talked to India, UK for the second dose. We ordered 30 million doses to India, however, got 7 million. “We are worried about the second dose,” he said.

He said it requires an application from the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to manufacture any vaccine. They scrutinized the whole process. “We will produce vaccine if necessary. Those who have the capacity to produce must come forward,” he also said.

“We will continue to try to purchase vaccines, then it will come quickly,” said the Health Minister, adding that it can take a long time to produce a vaccine. Even if it can manufacture, it cannot be done before five-six months.

Health Minister said COVID infections have decreased compared to the past. The government has shut down long-distance buses, trains and launches. “We think it is necessary to stop these transports for some more time. We will propose that long-distance vehicles be stopped.” 

The minister further said that everyone was able to celebrate Eid beautifully. Shopped well, however, the shopping malls were crowded. There were also huge crowds at various places including the ferry ghats. People have returned home in a hurry.

“We said not to return home, but they went. Most of them are youths, their mortality rate is less. But went home and put the elderly parents at risk,” Zahid Maleque pointed out the possibility of increasing in infections in the near future. 

Zahid Maleque said the rate of Covid-19 infection has decreased. It increased a lot in the middle, however, reduced a bit at present. “We hope this situation will continue if the hygiene rules are followed.”

The minister said the border is “still closed and will be closed” in the future. “As long as the situation in India is not normal, precautions must be taken. All the officials and employees of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare are working on this,” he told reporters.

The Health Minister congratulated and thanked the officials of the Ministry of Health, including doctors and nurses, for their work in the hospitals serving patients across the country during Eid.

Lokman Hossain Mia, Secretary of the Health Services Division and Md. Ali Noor, Secretary of Medical Education and Family Welfare Division were present at the press conference.

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