Govt to make vaccine available once it arrives: Quader

Staff Correspondent

28 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said that the government has taken all-out preparations to make the vaccine available to the people of Bangladesh as soon as it arrives in the international market.

“All-out preparations have been made to make the vaccine available to the people of Bangladesh as soon as it arrives in the international market,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a function to hand over health protective equipment to doctors of AL’s relief and social affair sub-committee at the party president Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office in Dhaka.

The minister joined the programme virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

He said that combined efforts of government and private organisations have been made to make the process of getting vaccines easy and distributed among the people quickly.

Mentioning that it is tough to realize the nature of coronavirus, Quader urged all including the party's associate bodies to run an awareness campaign among the people.

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, foreign reserves reached at the highest level of Tk 41 billion in the country’s history under the successful leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

Mentioning that tackling coronavirus would be easier if the vested quarters did not try to cash pandemic situations, he called upon people of the country to remain vigilant against vested quarters and prevent them by waging movement.

He also reiterated that the government has continued to implement zero tolerance policy against corruption.

Replying to a comment of Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that fire on three slums are mysterious, Quader said that fire in slums is mysterious indeed.

“However, it is to be investigated who are behind the incident, whether there was any conspiracy to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the country,” he said.

He further said that the BNP itself blames the government for the fire terrorism, but arson terrorism is BNP’s old habit.