Bangladesh prolonged its strict lockdown on Tuesday and introduced plans to vaccinate not less than 10 million folks in per week because the nation battles a serious Covid-19 surge.
The vaccination drive from August 7 will probably be led by tens of 1000’s of well being employees at 14,000 well being centres, senior minister A.Ok.M Mozammel Haque mentioned.
“Greater than 10 million folks will probably be vaccinated in per week. Aged folks, employees and shopkeepers will probably be given the precedence,” Haque mentioned.
Well being ministry spokesman Maidul Islam Prodhan mentioned there was sufficient inventory to inoculate 12 million folks following the arrival of vaccines from China and the US below the Covax initiative.
The minister additionally mentioned that the nationwide lockdown in place since July 1 — apart from a non secular competition 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 mentioned.
Bangladesh has to this point reported some 1.3 million instances and a few 21,160 deaths — figures consultants mentioned are a gross undercount.