Bangladesh prolonged its strict lockdown on Tuesday and introduced plans to vaccinate at the least 10 million individuals in every week because the nation battles a serious Covid-19 surge.
The vaccination drive from August 7 will probably be led by tens of hundreds of well being employees at 14,000 well being centres, senior minister A.Okay.M Mozammel Haque stated.
“Greater than 10 million individuals will probably be vaccinated in every week. Aged individuals, employees and shopkeepers will probably be given the precedence,” Haque stated.
Well being ministry spokesman Maidul Islam Prodhan stated there was sufficient inventory to inoculate 12 million individuals following the arrival of vaccines from China and the US below the Covax initiative.
The minister additionally stated that the nationwide lockdown in place since July 1 — aside from a spiritual pageant in mid-July — could be prolonged till August 10.
Retailers and public transport will resume from subsequent week, however solely vaccinated shopkeepers and transport employees could be allowed out of their properties to work, Haque stated.
Bangladesh has thus far reported some 1.3 million instances and a few 21,160 deaths — figures consultants stated are a gross undercount.