Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the drive to administer Covid-19 booster doses will begin within the next seven to ten days.
“Currently, we have 45 million doses of vaccine in stock, and the drive to inoculate booster doses can be started within seven to ten days,” he said at a programme while receiving 8 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan and UK through the global COVAX facility.
Of the vaccines, Japan donated 4,000,800 doses, while the UK donated more than 4,055,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito and British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson handed over the donations to the health minister at state guest house Padma on Wednesday afternoon.
The Health Minister said, “Japan is a close friend of Bangladesh since the Liberation War while the British government stands by Bangladesh in any crisis of the country. So, the vaccine doses received from the two countries will strengthen Bangladesh to fight Covid-19.”
So far, three cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in the country and all of them have been put under quarantine, he said adding “They are doing well and undergoing treatment.”
He also urged the people to abide by the health guidelines and get Covid jabs.
Health Secretary Lokman Hossain Mia, Foreign Secretary (West) Shabbir Ahmed Chowdhury and UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh Sheldon Yett were present.