Dhaka, Bangladesh
Vaccination in hotspot cities can yield herd immunity

Vaccination in hotspot cities can yield herd immunity

Banglsdesh daily corona cases lowest 4.73pc, rural areas seem safe

News Report: Vaccination in hotspot cities like Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj and Gazipur first can yield 'herd immunity' in Bangladesh against the coronavirus as rural areas seem safe all through pandemic invasion. Some medical experts agreed on this idea as the country continued to record low incidence of the viral transmission with the latest rate dropping below a 'tolerable' five-percent level, at 4.73 percent on Saturday. "It's a good idea...I'll pursue it," said former health minister Prof Dr Ruhal Haque MP, now chairman of the parliamentary standing commiittee on the ministry, as the suggestion for vaccination in these cities only in the first phase came while the government plans nationwide drive. Health department's regular reports reveal the corona infections and deaths concentrated on these cities and surrounding. Bangladesh registered 21 new deaths from the coronavirus, also among the lowest daily counts in months, while the infection rate remained the lowest, now below five-percent bracket in 'tolerable' territory. Bangladesh has recorded 578 new cases of the coronavirus in a daily count, taking the tally of infections so far to 527,063. The death toll climbed to 7,883 after the 21 fatalities registered in the 24 hours to 8 am Saturday, according to data released by the government. Another 633 patients recovered from the illness through treatment at home and in hospital care, bringing the total to 471,756. As many as 12,215 samples were tested at 199 authorised labs across the country in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 4.73 percent. The latest official figures put the recovery rate at 89.51 percent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.49 percent. Globally, over 93.9 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and 2 million have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019 The country situation may improve in the days to come, despite worrying spikes in some developed countries, following vaccine breakthroughs and emerging warmer weather conditions in weeks. Meanwhile, the first shipment of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine is likely to reach Bangladesh between January 25 and 26 for vaccination against the coronavirus pandemic and more options are open, like Gavi vaccines from the WHO-led global vaccine alliance and also from Pfizer offer. "The government is going to launch online registration for Covid-19 vaccine recipients from January 26," the DGHS said. Vaccination may now start countrywide in February. Bangladesh will get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from Serum Institute of India under a deal. The government has purchased three crore shots of the vaccine from Serum for $4 per shot, according to the tripartite agreement signed between it, SII and Beximco Pharmaceuticals on November 5 last year. Some 42,000 field personnel, divided into groups of six each, will be engaged in the biggest inoculation operation meant for achieving 'herd immunity' against the SARS CoV-2 virus. To facilitate the mammoth operations, health officials said, Banglsdesh is "privileged by its countryside EPI infrastructure". Maintaining the cold chain for vaccine preservation down to upazila level is also said to be easy. In a landmark potential invention in medication a Bangladesh institution is poised to do final trials of a nasal spray that can kill the virus for both preventive and curative treatments. Newer vaccines are coming at regular intervals now, raising hope of global control of the pandemic.

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