Initiatives to collect COVID vaccine taken before it was developed: PM
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, January 27: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has given priority to free vaccination as an effective measure to takel the Covid-19 since its outbreak in the world. With this aim, we took all the initiatives to collect and administer vaccines before the corona vaccine was discovered and approved for use. As a result, the nationwide free vaccination campaign started on February 7, 2021 and it is continuing till date.
Prime Minister said this while responding to a written question from Tangail-6 MP Ahsanul Islam (Titu) during the question and answer session of the 16th session of the National Parliament on Wednesday (January 26). Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the question and answer session.
The PM said under the nationwide vaccination programme till January 17, 2022, a total of 14 crore 61 lakh 84 thousand 812 people have been given Covid-19 vaccines, including eight crore 91 lakh 63 thousand 978 first doses and five crore 70 lakh 20 thousand 834 second doses.
Sheikh Hasina said the country, like the rest of the world, considers the Covid-19 pandemic situation. The Government of Bangladesh has also decided to provide booster doses under the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme. In this regard, as per the recommendation of National Vaccination Technical Advisory Group, Bangladesh and with the approval of National Committee for Implementation of Coronavirus Vaccination Program, administering booster doses has been started nationwide from December 28. At present, booster doses are being given to people in their sixties as well as to the frontline health workers and expatriates in the country.