Vaccines to be procured at any cost: PM
Published: 03:34 PM, 2 May 2021 Updated: 04:17 PM, 2 May 2021
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was addressing the inauguration ceremony of the second phase of cash support disbursement among low-income families hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. - PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the government will procure COVID-19 vaccines at any cost to protect people.
"We're bringing more vaccines, no matter how much money is required; we'll bring more vaccines," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while launching the second phase of cash support disbursement among 36.50 lakh families hit hard by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
The premier joined the inauguration ceremony virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban where the district administrations of Chattogram, Bhola and Joypurhat were connected.
Each beneficiary family is receiving Taka 2,500 as Eid gift from the Prime Minister in this pandemic gripped difficult time and a total amount of Tk 912.50 crore has been allocated for it.
The disbursement of cash support is being channeled through G2P (Government-to-Person) using mobile financial services (MFSs) operators- Nagad, bKash, Rocket and SureCash.
The Prime Minister said the government is carrying out its vaccination programme as it will provide vaccine doses to the people of this country.
Stressing that the government will put in its all-out efforts as long as it is there, Sheikh Hasina said: "We're procuring each dose of the vaccine spending money, but providing it free so that people can stay safe."
Later, the Prime Minister talked to a cross-section of people, including the beneficiaries of the cash support programme of Bhola, Joypurhat and Chattogram districts.
An amount of over Tk 1,500 crore has been allocated to ease the sufferings of the marginalised people during the second wave of coronavirus. Soon after the second wave of the virus came in sight, the Prime Minister instantly directed to start the activities of humanitarian assistance.
Since April 14 last when the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced, marginalised people like temporary jobless people, destitute, day-labourers, rickshaw- and van-pullers, transport workers, transgender people and beggars living in urban and rural areas.
As per the PM's directive, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry instantly sent Tk 590 crore to field-level administrations to provide support to the needy people and the disbursement of the money continues, officials said.
Besides, the Prime Minister allocated Tk 10.5 crore against the deputy commissioners from her relief and welfare fund to provide emergency assistance to the poor and destitute, they said.
The Prime Minister at her own initiative has provided Tk 10 crore to the Journalist Welfare Trust as assistance for the journalists who are facing hardships due to the fallout of the pandemic.