China assures to supply more vaccines: Health Minister
Published: 02:27 PM, 12 May 2021
Health Minister Zahid Maleque speaking at a ceremony at the state guest house Padma after receiving 500,000 doses of vaccine sent by China as a gift on Wednesday afternoon; Photo: Collected
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has urged China to provide the vaccine on a monthly basis to continue the vaccination program.
“China has assured that it will do its utmost in this regard. They will try to give a new vaccine in June-July. In general, China has promised to supply more vaccines,” he was speaking at a ceremony at the state guest house Padma on Wednesday afternoon after receiving 500,000 doses of vaccine sent by China as a gift.
The Health Minister said China, a friendly country, had gifted five lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh. This vaccine has reached Bangladesh. “Today we have officially received it. We thank the President of China and all the citizens for standing by us at such a time.”
“We can apply this five lakh vaccine in two doses to two and a half lakh people,” he said, informing that the government is trying to bring more vaccines so that we can vaccinate all in Bangladesh.
“We also stood by China under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” Zahid Maleque said, mentioning that when the coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan and spread from there to China and the whole world, we gave medicines as a gift to China as soon as possible.
“They showed that friendship again, they sent five lakh doses of vaccine. The vaccine has been approved by the WHO.”
Vaccines are a way to control coronavirus and keep people safe and wearing masks, maintaining social distance are big issues to tackle the virus, Health Minister also said, remarking that the pandemic situation is “fairly under control”.
We were shocked to see how people went home during the pandemic crisis. The government wanted to keep the people safe and took various initiatives. But people did not obey the rules in that way, Zahid Maleque said. “We hope that they do not move around too much and do not spread the virus. We cannot control the virus with vaccines alone. We have to follow the hygiene rules.”