Bangladesh 54th country to start Covid inoculation...

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Bangladesh 54th country to start Covid inoculation

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:38 PM, 27 January 2021  

Vaccine receivers with Health Minister Zahid Maleque

Vaccine receivers with Health Minister Zahid Maleque

So far, 53 countries have started vaccination drive, according to 'Our World in Data website', which publishes scientific data. According to the website, Bangladesh started vaccination campaign as 54th nation in the world. However, Bangladesh was not included in the list till this report.

Bangladesh on Wednesday started Covid-19 vaccine drive at Kurmitola General Hospital. Runu Beronica Costa, a senior nurse of Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital, became the first people in Bangladesh to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday. 

A total of 500 people will be vaccinated at four more hospitals, including Kurmitola, on Thursday. These hospitals are Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital, and Mugda General Hospital.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Covid-19 vaccination in Bangladesh at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital at around 4 pm today through a videoconference from her Ganobhaban resident. 

After the announcement of the Prime Minister, 5 people were vaccinated against coronavirus. The first vaccine was administered by Runu Veronica Costa, a senior staff nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital. Later, Medicine Consultant Dr Ahmed Lutfar Mobin received the vaccine as a first physician, and then Additional Director General (Administration) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof. Dr. Nasima Sultana, Member of Traffic Police Didarul Islam and Brigadier General Imran Hamid of Bangladesh Army received jabs.