Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Friday said that the government is taking steps to produce all types of vaccines in the country, not only Covid-19 vaccine.
The minister said this after inspecting a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) admission test center for the 2021-22 academic year at Titumir College in capital’s Mohakhali.
“It is not confirmed yet if people need to be vaccinated every year against Covid, but we are preparing for the same. Measures have been taken to produce the vaccine in the country," he said.
The Minister said that they would need 13 crore Covid jabs to vaccinate 13 crore people against Covid every year, "but the World Health Organization (WHO) has not yet taken a call on the same".
While speaking about cholera vaccine, he said that Bangladesh will start administering the oral cholera vaccine from the first week of May.
And in the first phase, people from the five diarrhoea-prone areas in Dhaka will be vaccinated against the bacterial disease usually spread through contaminated water.
He urged all people to get vaccinated against cholera "as after the initial stage, extensive vaccination against the disease will begin across the country".
“The total number of seats are 1,950 this year. Of these, 545 are in government colleges. An average of 33 students are vying for one seat," he added.