14cr to get Covid antibody in stages

The public authority will immunize in stages almost 14 crore individuals against Covid-19 with twofold portion immunization from the COVAX office under a Tk 6,786 crore pandemic readiness project. 

The COVAX office is a worldwide activity composed by WHO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). 

The task was embraced in April a year ago and will be finished in June 2023. 

Of the complete venture cost, Tk 6,614 crore will be given by the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Bank in task help. Tk 172 crore will come from government reserves. 

The WB would supply the greater part of the assets, show project reports. 

Medical services experts, law masters, government authorities and workers, media experts and public delegates are among the 11 top-recorded gatherings to get the antibodies, as indicated by the archives. 

The venture reports don't make reference to that individuals matured 60 or more are in the need list, yet said those with less resistance will be inoculated. 

Under the Covid-19 Emergency Response and Pandemic Preparedness Project, the public authority reserved around Tk 4,236 crore to acquire, safeguard, and circulate the immunization. Another Tk 1,006 crore was dispensed to purchase medical care hardware, as per the venture reports. 

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) affirmed the venture yesterday at its gathering held at the NEC Conference Room in the capital. PM Sheik Hasina led the gathering practically from the Gono Bhaban. 

The previous endorsement is an essential advance in the nation's endeavors to contain the Covid episode, which has so far contaminated at any rate 5,17,920 individuals. 

The endorsement came a day after the public authority approved the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid immunization for crisis use. The public authority likewise made a high level installment of Tk 509.7 crore yesterday for the three crore dosages of the antibody to be made by Serum Institute of India (SII). 

The pandemic readiness project archives don't specify the immunization of SII. 

Arranging Minister MA Mannan yesterday told correspondents that the antibody for Covid and medical services gear would be purchased under the undertaking. 

"At the point when this task was affirmed first in June, the issue of antibody import was excluded. The antibody import issue has been recently remembered for the undertaking plan. So the expense of the venture has expanded." 

The priest stated, "The public authority has taken the most noteworthy readiness in bringing in antibodies. The PM has additionally put the most elevated need on it. The PM said 'immunization will be accessible according to the agreement. We accept we will get antibodies.' The immunizations will be appropriated reasonably." 

The nation has so far consented to arrangements to acquire 9.8 crore portions of antibody – 6.8 crore from COVAX and 3 crore from SII. These would immunize 4.9 crore individuals of the nation, considering two dosages for each individual. 


The point of the venture is to handle the pandemic through identifying Covid-19, contact following, and fortifying medical services frameworks and crisis activity focuses; and expanding capacity of the crisis clinical gear. 

Around 80% of the 170 million populace will be immunized in two stages according to the arrangement. 

Groups of six would be occupied with running the antibody program. 

Each group will comprise of two vaccinators (from among attendants, paramedics, understudies and recruited clinical staff members) and four volunteers for screening, assembly, and record keeping. 

The spending plan incorporates Tk 1,175 crore for COVAX immunizations bought at financed costs; Tk 2,262 crore for direct buy from COVAX or different sources; Tk 68 crore as delivery cost; Tk 384 crore for antibody transport and operational costs; and Tk 346 crore for antibody safeguarding, cold chain, and store network the executives. 

Aside from securing, protecting, and appropriating the immunizations, the other significant undertaking activities incorporate introducing current microbiology research centers close by PCR machines at 27 clinical universities and medical clinics in the nation. 

Additionally, RT-PCR, antigen, and wellbeing security packs will likewise be obtained under the venture. Biosafety Level-3 labs will likewise be set up at IEDCR and Bangladesh Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (BITID), Chattogram. 

Under the venture, 10-bed concentrated consideration units (ICU) and 20-bed detachment units would be set up in 43 locale clinics. 

The other significant pieces of the task incorporate setting up of 10-bed ICU units at 10 clinical school and medical clinics and five-bed ICU units at irresistible sickness emergency clinics in Dhaka and Chattogram, setting up of seven clinical screening units at five ports of section, setting up of irresistible illness units at 27 clinical school and emergency clinics, setting up of disease avoidance and control units at 62 locale medical clinics, setting up of clinical waste administration plants at 10 clinical school emergency clinics and 10 area emergency clinics, and introducing focal fluid clinical oxygen framework at 30 government emergency clinics.