Health minister says 42,000 health workers being trained for vaccination


Health Minister Zahid Maleque said 42,000 health workers are being trained as part of the Covid-19 vaccination event in Bangladesh.

As part of vaccination, storage facilities have been increased while additional cold boxes and syringes have been procured, he told media on Monday.

According to the minister, Serum Institute of India (SII) is expected to export its first lot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh by January 25-26.

The Indian government will send some Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh as a gift which is expected to reach the country very soon, he said.

“We don’t know the amount of the vaccines to be received from India but it will be a large amount, I have been informed,” he said.

 “Bangladesh will get it soon, probably before receiving the first lot of vaccines from Serum Institute of India [SII],” he added.

Maleque said that the government would bear the expenses for treatment if anyone faces a side effect after taking the vaccine. 

People will be vaccinated at 300 centres in the capital in coherence with the private vaccination policy due to be finalised as there is no way to go beyond policy for both the government and private organizations to avoid irregularities in vaccination activities.

The government would fix the price of vaccines depending on manufacturing companies, the minister said adding that Bangladesh is doing better than many other developed countries including the USA and the UK in tackling the Covid-19.

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