Bangladesh says COVID-19 vaccines will run out in 1 week
Bangladesh will be through its remaining COVID-19 vaccine stocks within a week and has stepped up efforts to replenish them in order to continue its mass inoculation program, officials said.
The South Asian nation of 165 million people has already contacted the United States, United Kingdom and Canada through official channels to obtain some 3.5 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine as shipments from emergency, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family.
“Vaccine stocks will be empty after this week across the country. Vaccines are already exhausted in vaccination stations where more [people] recorded, while only limited doses remain in stock where the registration numbers for inoculation are lower, ”said Nazmul Islam, spokesperson for the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) during a briefing. video briefing.
The shortage has worsened as authorities have so far ruled out vaccinating people with bites from different producers during the two-dose inoculation course. Current estimates indicate that current stocks do not cover the second doses of 1.5 million people who received their first AstraZeneca vaccine.
Islam noted, however, that officials could turn the tide “if there was a strong recommendation from the WHO. [World Health Organization] or other global expert groups “that different vaccines could be used on one person.
About 3.9 million people received the two full doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Sunday, while about 5.8 million received only the first, he added.
Bangladesh has already suspended first-dose vaccinations and new registrations for inoculation due to the shortage.
The country had previously signed an agreement with India to purchase 30 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India. So far, he has only received $ 7 million in two installments, along with a donation from India of 3.2 million doses.
Lock extends, ease of restriction
The government issued an official circular on Sunday extending the ongoing national lockdown until the end of the month. The authorities have allowed public transport – including road, sea and rail – to half its capacity and in accordance with health guidelines.
Public transport has resumed after a 39-day suspension since the lockdown began on April 5. Bangladesh reported a total of 12,376 deaths from COVID-19 and 789,080 infections on Sunday, according to official figures.
Nine patients have so far been detected with a comparatively dangerous and infectious Indian variant in the country, the official added.
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