Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque has said there is no shortage of Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
“We’ve bought 21 crore doses of vaccine. There is no problem with vaccine at all. Three crores of vaccine doses will be administered each month from November,” he said while speaking at a discussion organised on the occasion of 58th birth anniversary of Sheikh Russel at Sheikh Russel National Gastroliver Institute at Mohakhali in the capoital on Tuesday.
The Health Minister said the Bangladesh has already placed orders to buy 21 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines. The doses will start arriving in the country every month in phases. Some 6 crore doses of vaccine have already been administered. The entire population will be brought under vaccination programme soon. Three crores of vaccine doses are coming to Bangladesh every month. Three crores doses of vaccine will also arrive this month.
Zahid Maleque said students would be administered vaccine soon. “Directives have already been sent to each educational institution to administer vaccine to students. The ICT Division is preparing lists. Once the lists are completed, the government will start administering vaccine doses to students,” he said.
Referring to the recent attacks on the country’s Hindu minorities, the Health Minister said the conspirators have hatched a conspiracy to accelerate the fall of the government by destroying communal harmony in the country.
“Their main objective is not to vandalise the temples but to make the government’s position shaky. Those who stood against the country in 1971, they have now indulged in conspiracy to destabilise the country,” he said.
Md Lokman Hossain Miah, Secretary to the Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General of the DGHS, Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin, president, Bangladesh Medical Association, Dr Ehteshamul Huque Chowdhury Dulal, secretary general, Bangladesh Medical Association, and Prof Dr Nazmul Islam, Line Director of the DGHS, among others, were present.