The United Kingdom has been another raging hotspot for the pandemic over the winter, and the country now stands poised to become the first country in Europe, and only the fifth overall (after the USA, Brazil, India and Mexico), to reach 100,000 fatalities - despite a population (66 million) that is almost half that of the smallest among the other four (Mexico with a population of 127 million).
As of Monday, the UK has recorded a caseload of 3.62 million, and 97, 329 deaths from Covid-19.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to launch coronavirus vaccination drive at Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on January 27.
She will inaugurate the vaccination programme virtually, said Abdul Mannan, Secretary of Health Service Division of the Health Ministry on Saturday.
The primary vaccine campaign will begin by vaccinating a nurse at the hospital, he said.
Bangladesh receives vaccine
The first consignment containing five million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine purchased by Bangladesh from licensed manufacturers Serum Institute of India under the brand name Covishield reached Dhaka on Monday.
Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh received two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India.