Drug admin asked to prevent fake COVID-19 vaccine

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:55, Jan 24,2021


The health ministry on Sunday informed the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry that it ordered the Directorate General of Drug Administration to take necessary steps to prevent fake COVID-19 vaccines.

The ministry informed the matter to the parliamentary body at its eighth meeting held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhavan, a member of the committee told New Age.

Earlier, huge corruption and irregularities were detected in procurement of life saving equipment’s for health service providers engaged in providing treatments to COVID-19 patents.

Law enforcement agencies have also uncovered incidents of forgery in COVID-19 tests besides

the supply of substandard and fake N-95 masks and PPEs.

Besides, a parliament secretariat press release said that the parliamentary body asked the ministry to take necessary steps to motivate people to take COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier on Saturday, health secretary Abdul Mannan said that Bangladesh would start COVID-19 vaccination with inoculation of a nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital on January 27.

He said that the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, would virtually inaugurate the vaccination.

A total of 25 healthcare providers would be vaccinated at the hospital on the first day, he said, adding that some 400-500 healthcare providers would be vaccinated primarily and would be observed for a week before starting nationwide vaccination programme.

Earlier, on Thursday, Bangladesh received 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as gift from India.

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