Bangladesh will start administering Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccine doses from June 19, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Monday.
“The vaccination drive will start with the number of vaccines available,” he said.
He also expressed worries over the deterioration of the pandemic situation in many places of the country.
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“The situation is deteriorating in many places. People have to be aware. Hospital services will be disrupted if covid increases more as there is a shortage of hospital beds in some places,” he said.
“We have to emphasise more on prevention than cure,” he added.
A consignment of 600,000 doses of China’s Sinopharm jabs arrived here on Sunday, nine days after the arrival of the first batch of 500,000 doses gifted by Beijing.
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Bangladesh has also received 100,620 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on June 1 .
The health minister earlier said that Pfizer vaccine shots will be given at four centres in Dhaka to those who have already registered.