Antibody Rollout Plan: Key issues still uncertain

The public authority presently can't seem to determine a few major questions prior to revealing the Oxford-AstraZeneca immunization, expectedly from the second seven day stretch of February. 

The portable application for enrolling individuals ready to be immunized and to make an information base of individuals matured 60 or more, those with comorbidities presently can't seem to be dispatched. 

In addition, the medical services specialists of the nation presently can't seem to choose whether individuals to be immunized should experience required counter acting agent tests in order to maintain a strategic distance from wastage of the much-sought-after Covid antibody. 

The nation has so far masterminded the conveyance of 9.8 crore dosages of the immunization – 3 crore from Serum Institute of India and 6.8 crore from the COVAX office – to vaccinate 4.9 crore individuals, each to be controlled two portions. 

Cutting edge medical care experts alongside individuals matured 60 or more and those with comorbidities like malignant growth, diabetics and hypertension will be inoculated in the principal stage, as indicated by Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) authorities. 

In the interim, the DGHS has been attempting to set up an information base for the older individuals. In addition, there is likewise no information base of individuals with comorbidities. 

"We are dealing with it. We are investigating the NID information base and that would make it simpler for us to make a region shrewd data set of individuals matured 60 or more," DGHS DG Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam revealed to The Daily Star on Sunday. 

He didn't state what amount of time it may require to make the information base. 

The DGHS is as yet battling to gather information on individuals with comorbidities, he added. 

General wellbeing specialists said immunizer tests would diminish wastage of immunization portions. 

Since numerous individuals are asymptomatic and have created antibodies, the immunization isn't required for them, they added. 

The DG said the A2I (Access to data), wellbeing administrations division, and the ICT service have been attempting to build up a portable application, which is viewed as the initial phase in the immunization program. 

Subsequent to finishing the enrollment cycle, individuals will be advised through a SMS about the immunization date and spot. After inoculation, the DGHS will give individuals an immunization card containing the cluster number of the antibody and its expiry date, said Prof Khurshid. 

He said authorities have begun preparing the wellbeing laborers and setting up the scenes to immunize individuals. 

Antibodies will be regulated at different government emergency clinics and specific medical clinics the nation over, said the DG. 

In the primary stage, antibodies will be given to forefront laborers of various expert gatherings, he added. 

The frontliners incorporate wellbeing experts, public agents, government authorities, law masters, safeguard faculty, political dissidents, media work force and strict pioneers. 

Be that as it may, not every person in the previously mentioned gatherings will get the antibody in the principal stage; those matured 60 or more and having comorbidities in those gatherings will get need, said Prof Khurshid. 

He said the public authority was setting up the need list for inoculation in the principal stage. 

Bangladesh will get 50 lakh Oxford-Astrazeneca immunization shots in every portion each month from Serum Institute of India. 

The public authority has given the crisis use authorisation (EUA) for the Oxford immunization on Monday and has likewise dispensed development installment of around $59 million. It was at first chosen to regulate immunizations to 25 lakh individuals every month, with every individual to be given two dosages. 

Late turns of events, notwithstanding, recommend that the specialists may go for vaccinating 50 lakh individuals at one go. 

"We have correspondence from different sources recommending that the viability of the second portion of immunization is higher whenever managed in the last piece of a 4-to-12-week time period after the main portion," said a DGHS official, favoring not to be named. 

"All things considered, we are intending to manage 50 lakh naps at one go. It will likewise help assuage the pressing factor from the colossal interest for the immunization," the authority stated, adding that they were additionally in conversations to incorporate the public cricket, football and hockey cooperative individuals and authorities in the principal period of the inoculation plan. 


Despite the fact that the public authority has at first wanted to immunize 80% of the populace, leaving the excess 20% for group invulnerability, the number may fall due to ongoing turns of events. 

It was as of late chose not to inoculate individuals under 18 years old. This age-bunch establishes 37-40 percent of the nation's more than 170 million populace, as per Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics information. 

Additionally, around 50 lakh pregnant moms won't be inoculated as a safeguard in the primary stage, said DGHS authorities. 

The individuals who were contaminated will likewise not be inoculated. As per global convention, the individuals who were tainted needn't bother with immunizations as they have just evolved antibodies, said an authority. 

As per refreshed DGHS information, 4,63,480 individuals have recuperated till January 6. 


The public authority has so far chose to secure those antibodies appropriate for the current EPI (Expanded Program on Immunization) cold chain, fit for putting away antibodies in 2-8 degree Celsius. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 immunization, which has just been in crisis use in created nations and has the endorsement from the World Health Organization (WHO), requires a virus chain of between – 112 and – 76 degree Celsius, which Bangladesh would ill be able to bear with its current virus chain. 

In that specific situation, Bangladesh has chosen to buy the Oxford-AstraZeneca immunization, which has as of late gotten endorsement in the UK and India for crisis use. The public authority has consented to a three sided arrangement with Serum Institute of India and its neighborhood specialist Beximco, a Bangladeshi drug organization, to purchase three crore Oxford immunization shots at an expense of $5 per portion. 

The nation is required to get the three crore antibody shots in six portions, with the primary portion of 50 lakh expected to show up in the nation in the second seven day stretch of February, said a DGHS official. 

He said they were hoping to get immunization shots from COVAX, a worldwide antibody collusion, not before May. Bangladesh would get immunization shots for 20% of its populace from COVAX, which is around 6.8 crore portions, at a less expensive cost of around $1.6 to $2 per shot. 

Authorities said a Covid antibody will show up at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Pune through Delhi. From that point it will be kept at a Beximco stockroom. 

Nazmul Hasan Papon, overseeing head of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, disclosed to The Daily Star that every antibody container will contain temperature checking gadgets during transportation so that records of a 20-day cold chain could be protected. 

He said the antibodies will be moved from the stockrooms to government-assigned destinations. 

"We will assess genuinely in the air terminal. There would be different layers in the antibody container. We will at long last open the container in the public authority assigned spot. The gadget will at that point give information of whether the temperature was undermined in any spot," Papon said. 

He said they are setting up a stockroom in Dhaka and furthermore buying some specific vehicles to ship immunizations from air terminal to distribution center to government-assigned destinations. 

"We trust by January 15, all our work will be finished to get the antibodies," he added. 

Papon said a vial will comprise of 10 dosages of the immunization. 

The subsequent portion ought to be directed 28 days after the first, he added, trusting that if all endorsements are satisfied, the immunizations are probably going to show up toward the finish of January or early February.