CCC optimistic about Covid-19 vaccine

Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) administrator Khorshed Alam Sujan said, “We are optimistic about the vaccine.  There is no chance of confusion in this regard.”

He was speaking at a meeting of a committee set up in the city on Sunday morning to ensure the smooth functioning of the coronavirus vaccine.

Khorshed Alam Sujan said the country and city dwellers need to be aware of the negative propaganda being spread by some groundbreaking media that 18-year-olds will not get the corona vaccine. He urged the city dwellers not to listen to rumors.

Divisional Health Director Dr Hasan Shahriar Kabir said the corona vaccine could be stored at normal temperatures.

He said that as per the directives of the Prime Minister's Office, the vaccine would be given on priority basis to the health workers, front line workers, people without immunity and incapacity, and people suffering from chronic diseases. The vaccine discovered by Corona so far is completely safe.

Director of Chittagong Division, Family Planning, Md. Habibur Rahman emphasized on ensuring supply and quality management in providing vaccines.

He called for speedy start of the vaccine campaign with all the risks, supply chain management and distribution on priority basis.

Additional Divisional Commissioner Mizanur Rahman said, "We have to carry out vaccination activities in accordance with the guidelines given by the government."  The activities will continue as per the advice of the National Committee.

He asked to add three more specialist doctors including NGOs to the Chittagong City Corporation area committee.  He said the CCC area committee should be linked to the Central or Prime Minister's ICT Committee in the process of vaccine distribution.

CCC CEO Kazi Muhammad Mozammel Haque said he expects the government to give a guideline on who will be vaccinated first.  He advised the law enforcement agencies to be vigilant in dealing with fraud by producing fake vaccines.

Chittagong District Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Md Asif Khan said there were four issues for the logical availability of coronary vaccine.  The issues are - Rational, Transparency i.e. providing vaccines on the basis of NID card, service design i.e. activities on how to deliver, keep and deliver the vaccines and assurance that everyone will get this vaccine continuously.  So that there is no wrong message among the city dwellers.

CCC Chief Health Officer Dr Selim Akhtar Chowdhury said the corporation was fully prepared to provide and store the vaccine, adding that "we have a total of seven stores and adequate health and EPI staff."  I will train them more if necessary.

Chittagong Medical College Hospital Department of Medicine and Focal Person, Covid Unit Professor Md. Abdus Sattar said that according to the guidelines of the World Health Organization, senior citizens of any state have the right to get coronavirus vaccine on priority basis.  According to him, senior citizens of the state are citizens above 60 and 65 years.  He asked to consider the side effects of the vaccine.

Beximco Pharmaceuticals will supply the vaccine in Bangladesh, a joint venture between Oxford University and Astrojeneca.  The Government of Bangladesh, Beximco Pharmaceuticals and the Serum Institute of India, the company responsible for the production of the vaccine, have signed a tripartite agreement.  Beximco Pharmaceuticals will supply 3 (three) crore doses of vaccine to the Government of Bangladesh.