Sumary of Two crore doses every month:
- The government plans to administer two crore shots of Covid-19 vaccine each month to ramp up the ongoing vaccination drive as it hopes to get around 20 crore doses by the end of this year.
- The plan might appear ambitious given the scale of vaccination over the last eight months — with some three crore doses administered since the campaign started on February 7 — but health officials believe it is very much achievable.
- “Initially we are targeting to administer two crore doses of Sinopharm vaccines each month if we get those as per the commitment,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque told The Daily Star yesterday.
- The vaccination campaign got some momentum after the government purchased 1.5 crore doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China in June.
- Besides, the country has also got around one crore doses of different brands from Covax, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, in the last three months.
- We are planning to administer two crore doses per month from October,” said Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general of the DGHS. Health officials say Bangladesh is supposed to get another purchased six crore doses of Sinopharm vaccine between September and November — two crore shots a month.
- Apart from this, there will be 10.50 crore doses of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines from Covax.
- “We have already agreed to purchase 10.50 crore doses [of Sinopharm and Sinovac] from Covax at a reasonable price which will arrive in the fourth quarter of this year,” said the health minister.