PM receives vaccine

Special Correspondent

5 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

PM receives vaccine

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine on Thursday. Her sister Sheikh Rehana was present at the time. —PMO photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the afternoon,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters.

Earlier on February 24, Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and sister of Sheikh Hasina, received the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the vaccination programme virtually on January 27 when 26 front-line fighters received Covishield vaccine in Kurmitola General Hospital.

Nurse Runu Veronica Costa of the hospital got vaccinated as the first person in Bangladesh.

Some 541 more front-line fighters took the vaccine in five hospitals in Dhaka the following day. On February 7, Bangladesh launched the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination when 31,160 people were inoculated against the deadly pathogen.

As of Thursday, a total of 3,581,169 people have received the jab in the country.

Besides, 4,770,953 people have registered as of Thursday afternoon for taking the vaccine.

Bangladesh has so far received 9 million doses of vaccine -- 7 million from the Serum Institute of India (SII) as part of a tripartite agreement signed between the Bangladesh government, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd and the Indian company and 2 million as gift from India.

Bangladesh signed the deal to procure a total of 30 million doses of the jab from the SII.

Besides, it will get more vaccines under the Covax facility, led by the World Health Organization and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.