Health Desk – 26 Jan 2021: The government has almost completed the groundwork for rolling out Covid-19 vaccine in the country early next month.
It gears up for the mass inoculation campaign as the first consignment of 50 lakh doses, purchased from Serum Institute of India (SII), arrived in Dhaka Monday.
Officials said five public hospitals in the capital were all set to pilot the vaccination. They also said the hospital authorities had already trained 124 healthcare professionals and prepared designated places, where the shots would be administered.
The prime minister will inaugurate the piloting at Kurmitola General Hospital on January 27 at 3:30pm, Prof Nasima Sultana, additional director general of DGHS, told Monday.
Registration for the mass inoculation can be done through mobile and web-based applications and the prime minister will launch the apps the same day, Nasima said, adding that the PM would join the inauguration virtually.
The mass vaccination across the country is scheduled to start on February 8. Bangladesh purchased three crore doses of Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by University of Oxford and drug maker AstraZeneca, and manufactured by SII.