‘Country has capacity to store 15cr doses’

Staff Correspondent

15 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is now working to ensure proper storage of coronavirus vaccines as around three crore doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will come to the country soon.

“The government has already capacity of keeping at least 14-15 crore doses of vaccines. So, if 4-5 crores vaccines come to the country, then there is no problem to deploy the vaccines properly,” Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque told a press conference at the ministry on Thursday after a meeting about coronavirus vaccine deployment and distribution.

“Arrangement has been made to keep 425,000 vaccines in reserved cold rooms of every district level government hospital. At the same time, there are 5 to 10 ice freezers in every hospital where at least 71,000 doses of the vaccine can be kept,” Zahid Maleque said.

The minister said, “We can store over seven lakh vaccines in every district and over two lakh vaccines in every upazila.” e said the government is also making arrangement for transportation and storage of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which may come by January 25 or 26. Earlier at a press conference on January 11, Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, Director General (DG) of the DGHS, said the district centres are equipped with WIC and ILR storages. “Cold boxes and vaccine carriers will be used for transporting the vaccines from upazilas to vaccine centres.”

Dr Mohammad Shamsul Haque, Line Director, MNC&AH of DGHS, said DGHS also has given directive to all district and city corporation EPI stores to keep separate place for keeping the coronavirus vaccine. “Initiative has also been taken to hire cold rooms from BADC and other places through increasing cold chain storage capacity in national level.”