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Govt decides to make coronavirus vaccines available for all citizens once those are procured

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The government has decided to administer Covid-19 vaccines to all the citizens free of cost once those are procured.

As per the decision at a high-level meeting recently, the government will purchase vaccines as soon as those are out in the market and administer those to all like it does under the existing immunisation programmes, said finance ministry officials.

The finance ministry has already sought $2 billion in financial assistance from four development partners to purchase, store, transport and administer the vaccines.

It has written to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, seeking from them $500 million each.

In the letters to the multilateral lenders, the ministry said the government decided to procure and administer the vaccines at its own cost.


It also mentioned that large-scale commercial production of the vaccine is expected by the end of this year.

"In this context, a major initiative is afoot to import vaccines to Bangladesh in order to make the vaccines available for all the citizens," the ministry wrote.

Seeking anonymity, a top official of the finance ministry, told The Daily Star, "We have already sent letters to the development partners, seeking $2 billion in financial assistance. We are still not sure how much we will get. Whatever amount we get, the rest will be managed from government funds."

A special allocation of Tk 12,000 crore was made in this year's budget for procuring medical supplies for emergency response to Covid-19, the official mentioned.

Once procured, the vaccines will be administered to people as it's done under the existing vaccination programmes to prevent diseases like measles, polio and diphtheria, the official added.

Finance ministry officials said a rough estimate shows that Bangladesh will require $1.65 billion to $2 billion to bring its population of 165 million under the Covid-19 vaccination coverage. Each person is likely to need two shots which may cost $10-12.

They further said the government is asking for low-interest soft loans from the development partners.

Contacted, Md Abdul Mannan, secretary at the Health Services Division of the health ministry, said, "The vaccines should be given to all free of cost."

He, however, said those would be given as per the government's policy guidelines which are yet to be finalised.

At a virtual meeting with the WB vice president for the South Asia region on Thursday, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal urged the global lender to take necessary steps to expedite the disbursement of assistance on the basis of population.

"Bangladesh ranks third among the International Development Association (IDA) countries in terms of population," the minister noted.

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on human lives and businesses across the globe. Rapid access to vaccine doses can bring outbreaks under control and also help avert economic shocks that may send more people back into poverty.

The World Health Organization has said that a vaccine against the novel coronavirus will be ready for registration by the end of this year or early next year at the earliest.

Vaccines typically require years of research and testing before reaching clinics, but scientists are racing to produce a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine by next year.

The first vaccine safety trial for humans began in March and six vaccine candidates have so far been approved for limited use. At least 12 more have reached the final stages of testing as of October 24, according to the New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker.

Though the government has not made a deal with any country to get a Covid-19 vaccine at the early stage, health ministry officials insist that they are in talks with the makers of five front-running vaccine candidates.

On September 26, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the world community to treat the Covid-19 vaccine as a "global public good" and urged the United Nations to ensure its timely availability to all countries at the same time.

Bangladesh also could get 20 percent of the vaccines it needs from the WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation under the COVAX Facility, a mechanism designed to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines worldwide.

COVAX currently covers nine vaccine candidates, and its aim is to secure supply and delivery of two billion shots by the end of 2021 to over 170 countries that have signed up for vaccines.




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Congrats Bangladesh.

While in neighboring India the BJP has promised Bihar people free vaccine to win the election there but has not promised so for the rest of Indians.
 

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Congrats Bangladesh.

While in neighboring India the BJP has promised Bihar people free vaccine to win the election there but has not promised so for the rest of Indians.
Really? BJP did promise it in Bihar but it was also meant for the whole India. Sometimes it's better if you take your green tinged glasses aside and lap up every anti-modi news as true.

Modi govt has set aside Rs 50,000 crore to give Covid vaccine to entire country.

This news came out even before BJP poll promise in Bihar.
 

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Really? BJP did promise it in Bihar but it was also meant for the whole India. Sometimes it's better if you take your green tinged glasses aside and lap up every anti-modi news as true.

Modi govt has set aside Rs 50,000 crore to give Covid vaccine to entire country.

This news came out even before BJP poll promise in Bihar.
Your article is from the 22nd of October while this article from 27th of October ( and also from The Print ) doubts about an effective and free vaccine for all.
 

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It is NOT free, people are paying for vaccine with taxes.
Where will be the money will be from? Regime is begging for $500 from WB,
Where the vaccine will be from, everyone is busy supplying its own population and meeting demand for advance payers??
How long it will take for people to get vaccine??
 

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It is NOT free, people are paying for vaccine with taxes.


Welcome to the real world, governments all over run on taxes, that is their revenue stream.
Where will be the money will be from? Regime is begging for $500 from WB,


How is it begging ? Its loan you payback with interest, Even First World countries take loans.



Stop spewing illogical nonsense.
 

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From your own source :
Das, however, declined to comment on whether the state government will provide the vaccine for free in case the Centre doesn’t bear the cost.
On Sarangi’s comment that the vaccine will be available free of cost, Das said: “It is the prime minister or the Union health minister who should make such an assurance to the people.”
What should one make of these ?
 

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From your own source :


What should one make of these ?
Did Union govt or Prime minister has said otherwise? Lets leave the deduction to someone else. There are many who make a living on the same. You'll know when it is time.
 

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Welcome to the real world, governments all over run on taxes, that is their revenue stream.




How is it begging ? Its loan you payback with interest, Even First World countries take loans.



Stop spewing illogical nonsense.
My comments are about regime. Why are you defending the regime and telling others what opinion they should or should not have???

@WebMaster please note
 

DalalErMaNodi

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My comments are about regime. Why are you defending the regime and telling others what opinion they should or should not have???

@WebMaster please note

Yes, Note it Webmaster.




I am free to question others and show them the fault in their logic, If they post gibberish.



Look at him try to pin this on me, When did I say he shouldn't have an opinion.




I can only imagine the emotional baggage said user is carrying, so much so, that its leaking out on here through their posts.
 

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Then others will exercise their free prerogatives to point out regime cheer leaders in disguise of expressing opinion.


@LeGenD name calling again. Ban this user please, look at his behaviour.



If you need proof that the sites, he posts from are funded by Indian R&AW, just look at who liked his posts in this thread.


an Indian, there you have it, out in the open for everyone to see.
 
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Welcome to the real world, governments all over run on taxes, that is their revenue stream.




How is it begging ? Its loan you payback with interest, Even First World countries take loans.



Stop spewing illogical nonsense.
I believe that @idune is losing his mind . How can someone call webmaster or mods against that post ,I am still trying to understand.

It's one of the seven wonders in the world , honestly speaking !
 

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