Govt to collect vaccine from any source, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

29 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the government would collect coronavirus vaccine from anywhere to protect the lives of the people.

“There is no need to have a special relationship with anyone over coronavirus vaccines. The government will collect the vaccines from ‘anywhere’ to protect people. We need vaccines to save people. We will collect vaccines from where we can,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while talking to reporters after placing wreath at the grave of Shaheed Sheikh Jamal at Banani graveyard in the capital.

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League,

Quader placed wreath marking 68th birth anniversary of Sheikh Jamal.

The minister came up with the remark as the government temporarily stopped vaccination of first doze due to apparently shortages of vaccines.

Pointing finger at critics, the minister said, “ All have to put effort to tackle Covid-19 unitedly by shunning the politics of blame game.”

Regarding BNP politics, the minister said, “BNP is hatching conspiracy after failure in all sectors.”

“Shun the path of politics of killing. Whatever the politics they do, politics of killing is no way accepted,” he said.

BNP must leave the path of murder, conspiracy and terrorism in order to establish the true democracy in Bangladesh, he added. Mentioning that Sheikh Jamal was one of the instances of Bangabandhu family’s courageous politics, he said: “Let us swear on his birthday that the nation must be made free from the tragedy of the politics of murder and conspiracy.”

The AL general secretary said the politics of killing is never acceptable at all and those involved in the brutal 1975 massacre were not spared too.

He said if Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was not killed in 1975, another murderous group would not have dared to kill Ziaur Rahman.

Ziaur Rahman was the mastermind of the Bangabandhu killing and that is why he had to suffer the consequences, he said. AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organising secretaries Ahmad Hossain, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, SM Kamal Hossain and Afzal Hossain, science and technology affairs secretary Abdus Sabur, relief and disaster affairs secretary Sujit Roy Nandi and office secretary Biplab Barua, among others, were present.