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9 million people to receive doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a week-long campaign in Bangladesh

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Shamsul Hoque

Bangladesh announced on Wednesday the goal of vaccinating 9 million people against COVID-19 under a special one-week campaign starting Thursday.

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Shamsul Hoque, secretary member of the vaccine deployment committee of the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health, made the announcement, saying that the campaign has been divided into two phases, advertising campaign and vaccination campaign.

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Hoque said that they are organizing the special inoculation campaign against COVID-19 to celebrate the month of the victory of Bangladesh in the Liberation War.

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He said that the doses of the vaccine will be administered from December 1 to 7 in 15,984 centers throughout the country during the campaign.

About 73 percent of Bangladeshis have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 95 percent of people over the age of five have received the first dose and 52 percent have received the third dose.

Bangladesh has been using COVID-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinovac, and Johnson and Johnson.

A large part of the Bangladeshi population received the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines as the first and second doses.

Bangladesh started its vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in January last year to contain the pandemic.

Bangladesh recorded 11 new COVID-19 cases and one death on Tuesday, bringing the total tally to more than 2 million with 29,433 deaths, the DGHS said. ■

(Xinhua)

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