Difficult to open edu inst without vaccine: Advisory Committee
Published: 11:24 AM, 23 November 2020 Updated: 09:58 PM, 23 November 2020
The National Advisory Committee on Covid-19 said it would be difficult to open universities and colleges if students did not get the vaccine first. The committee also suggested verifying the feasibility of vaccinating the students over 18-years-old.
This information has been given in a press release sent by the National Advisory Committee on Covid-19 on Sunday night.
Earlier, the 22nd meeting of the National Advisory Committee expressed its views on the issue and made several recommendations. The committee chairman Prof Dr. Mohammad Sahidullah presided over the meeting.
The press release said that the government has already signed a tripartite agreement between India’s Serum Institute and Beximco Pharmaceuticals to buy 30 million doses of vaccine from Oxford and AstraZeneca, as a result, the government has also allocated money for this.
It further said that the government is focusing on vaccinating the frontline workers including doctors, police and journalists who are at risk and in their 60s.
In favor of vaccinating the students over 18, the National Advisory Committee said that the distribution, maintenance and preparation of the vaccine is underway in different parts of the country. This process needs to be completed quickly.
The first COVID patient in the country was identified on 8 March, the first death occured on 18 March. The government has announced the shut down of all educational institutions across the country from 17 March. The government had announced a holiday till November 14 in several phases, however, again extended the holiday till 19 December on 23 November.
Meanwhile, online education activities have already been launched in universities. Efforts are being made to make the students concentrate on their studies through assignments at the school level also.