COVID-19 vaccination begins in Bangladesh

On January 27, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.  “We want protection of all from the coronavirus. I want to say to you all to work with sincerity to make the Covid-19 vaccination a success. We want cooperation from all so that everything goes well to this end,” she said, inaugurating the vaccination campaign at the Kurmitola General Hospital 

Describing January 27 (today) as a historic day for Bangladesh, she said, “Many countries of the world are yet to start vaccination. But, we have started it despite being a country of vast population and limited resources.” 

The first vaccine shot was administered to Kurmitola General Hospital  nurse Runu Veronica Costa followed by GH director Dr Ahmed Lutful Moben, additional director general of health services (DGHS) Professor Dr Nasima Sultana, a traffic police sergeant Md Didarul Islam and army Brigadier General M Imran Hamid. 

The Prime Minister thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for giving the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Sheikh Hasina said her government set a target to collect the Covid-19 vaccine since it is ready and they have made a separate allocation of Taka 1000 crore to this purpose as their priority is to save the lives of the people. 

“I have asked the health ministry to knock every corner across the globe possible to get the Covid-19 vaccines when researchers were going on to develop those. I have made a separate allocation of Taka 1000 crore to purchase the vaccines,” she said. 

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