Pilot immunization likely one week from now

The public authority is probably going to begin steering the Covid-19 immunization from one week from now with the Oxford-AstraZeneca antibodies acquired from the Indian government, portions of which are relied upon to show up in Dhaka tomorrow. 

The dispatch date of directing the immunization will be settled upon the PM's assent, Health Minister Zahid Maleque revealed to The Daily Star yesterday, adding that the PM will initiate the steering through a virtual meeting. 

"The executive will introduce the steering. She is probably going to be basically associated with the occasion in Kurmitola General Hospital (KGH)," said the wellbeing clergyman. 

Twenty lakh dosages of Oxford-AstraZeneca antibodies, a symbolic endowment of kinship from the Indian government, are planned to arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport tomorrow. 

The steering will occur in KGH and some different clinics where around 500 individuals are probably going to partake willfully, said the priest. 

He said the antibody beneficiary would be under perception for seven days before the mass vaccination crusade. 

"We will begin the mass immunization crusade once the bought antibodies showed up. On the off chance that it doesn't show up on schedule, we will begin mass immunization with the [20 lakh] token antibodies," the clergyman added. 

The choice was taken at a virtual gathering held at the Prime Minister's Office with the main secretary of the PMO in seat. 

Bangladesh bought three crore portions of the Oxford antibody, called Covishied, from the Serum Institute of India. The clench hand transfer of 50 lakh Covishield dosages is relied upon to show up on January 25. 

Volunteers from different callings including a specialist, a medical caretaker, a technologist, a wellbeing collaborator, an old individual, a police official, a BGB staff, a protection official, a columnist and some others may partake in the preliminary cycle at the Kurmitola General Hospital, the pastor said. 

A high ranking representative of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), associated with the immunization cycle, said an uncommon flight will convey the antibody dosages talented by the Indian government. 

The antibodies will be kept in the cool storage spaces of the Central Medicine Store Depot, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and the Tejgaon Health Complex in Dhaka, Prof ABM Khurshid Alam, chief general of DGHS, told journalists. 

Prior in the day, the wellbeing priest said two lakh individuals will be immunized in the country consistently once the public authority gets the 50 lakh immunization portions from SII. 

The pastor additionally said there was no arrangement to begin immunization with any notable individual of the country. 

"The individuals of the nation are the VVIPs to us. The individuals who are needing it first, will be given [the vaccine] first," said the wellbeing priest while reacting to a question on whether Bangladesh would follow the case of beginning the immunization cycle with VIPs, in the same way as other different nations.