‘Bangladesh to manufacture COVID vaccine, will export abroad too’
Published: 03:49 PM, 7 October 2021
Health Minister Zahid Maleque; File Photo
Health Minister Zahid Maleque today said the coronavirus vaccine would be manufactured in the country and then exported abroad after meeting the country’s demand. The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to give us all the support we need to manufacture the coronavirus vaccine.
He said these while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Oasis Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation Center at Dhaka’s South Keraniganj in the capital on Thursday afternoon.
Speaking as the special guest, the Health Minister said we have given 80 lakh doses of vaccine in a day - which many countries in the world could not do yet. We hope to be able to give more than 80 lakh vaccines in a day on the occasion of Victory Day.
“We have given the first dose of the COVID vaccine to about 3.5 crore people. We were able to give the second dose to about 2 crore people,” Health Minister said.
The WHO was committed to giving 20 percent Covid-19 vaccine free to Bangladesh, however, since Bangladesh can provide good vaccines, they will be given 40 percent free, he added.
Zahid Maleque said if COVID is not under control, nothing in the country is under control. “COVID is now under control, we have to control it,” he also said.
Presided over by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. Benazir Ahmed, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal was present as the chief guest while State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid was present as the special guest.