Health Minister Zahid Maleque said 80 million (eight crore) people of the country will be inoculated against coronavirus by February next year.
“As per a proposal of World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 10.5 crore doses of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccine of China are being purchased. Out of these, we will get 6.80 crore vaccines free of cost under the COVAX facility,” he said.
“Proposal has been placed to purchase the 10.5 crore vaccine at a subsidized rate. The total proposal has been taken through discussing with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The proposal includes 3 crore doses of Sinopharm vaccine and 7.5 crore doses of Sinovac vaccine. The order also has been placed already to purchase a total of 10.5 crore doses of vaccine,” he added.
Zahid Maleque said “If we get 16 crore doses of vaccine then we can inoculate eight crore people. These vaccines will come by December. We think we can inoculate 7.5-8 crore people of the country by next January-February.”
He said mass Covid-19 vaccination campaigns will not be held in the country anymore.
"We don't have enough vaccines in hand to launch mass inoculation campaigns. Whenever we get vaccines and whatever amount of doses, people will be called for vaccination accordingly," the health minister said.
He said people will be given the coronavirus vaccine only after registering on the Shurokkha app.
He said the vaccination campaign was taken to villages as rural people were not taking the jabs.
The health minister said the prime minister has asked to analyse whether the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine can be given within 15-20 days after giving the first dose.
“The second dose vaccine is being given within 15 days after the first dose in different countries. Now the decision will be taken after discussing with the technical committee and WHO,” he said.