About 1.4 million people are uncertain about getting the second dose of vaccine. The Department of Health has also officially acknowledged the crisis of the coronavirus vaccine. However, it is not clear when the crisis will end.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine Covishield is now being given in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is importing this vaccine from the Seram Institute of India. However, at the end of last March, India stopped exporting the vaccine. This led to uncertainty about Bangladesh’s next shipment, which has not yet been cut.
According to the concerned sources, out of the stock of vaccines available in the country till now, about 12 lakh more people will get the second dose of vaccines. Originally, those who took the first dose after March 14 had this uncertainty about getting a second dose. The second dose was given eight weeks after the first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. However, it can be given up to 12 weeks later. In order to ensure a second dose of the vaccine for more than 1.4 million people, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shipment must be delivered by the second week of June.
However, the government and the Department of Health say the vaccine is expected to arrive from China before Eid al-Fitr. There are also initiatives to bring vaccines from Russia. However, each of these ticks is different. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. So even if this vaccine comes before Eid, those who are uncertain about the second dose have to live in uncertainty.
Robed Amin, one of the spokespersons of the health department, said in a bulletin on Wednesday that the government had 12 million doses of vaccine in its hands. If there is no new vaccine now, there will be a crisis. However, before Eid, there was an opportunity for vaccination from China. In addition, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has a clearance for the arrival of the Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia. The vaccine will also come from Russia if the clearance is given. In addition, Renata Pharmaceuticals has applied to import the modern vaccine. Talks are going on about this.
A spokesman for the Department of Health said the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine could be given a second dose 12 weeks after the first dose, or even later. So there is no reason to be afraid of the second dose.
Robed Amin said there was no data on whether a second dose of the mixing vaccine or another dose of the Oxford vaccine could be given after one dose. Research on this is going on in different parts of the world. It will be beneficial if the results are available. However, in the past, ‘mixing vaccines’ have been seen in emergencies.
Incidentally, the first dose of mass vaccination activities started from February 7 in the country. Vaccination for the second dose began eight weeks later, on April 8. Due to the crisis of vaccination, the first dose of vaccine was stopped from April 27.
According to the Department of Health, Bangladesh had a total of 12 million doses of vaccine. Already 5.8 million 19 thousand 811 people have been vaccinated with the first dose. A total of 1 crore 1.6 million 39 thousand 622 doses of vaccine are required to ensure the second dose of vaccine for all of them.
Till Wednesday, 3.2 million 10 thousand 509 people have been vaccinated with the second dose. After giving the first and second doses of vaccine, the government has 11 lakh 69 thousand 680 doses of vaccine till Wednesday. In other words, if the stock that is in the hands of the government so far, a total of 4.3 million 80 thousand 189 people will get the vaccine in two doses. As of now, there is uncertainty about the second dose of 1.4 million 39 thousand 622 people who have been vaccinated with the first dose.