News now, ‘Vaccine’

Kanak Joyti, Contributing Correspondent,, Dhaka
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Vaccines are now the top news in the world media. Vaccine news is just a big place in every news agency, online portal and print media. International media are reporting on the progress of vaccine activities in the country, leaving behind the reports of deaths and infections in the coronavirus.

Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers have confirmed that they are preparing to send large doses to the United States. The United States, the world's top corona-affected country, wants to complete immunization on a large scale by next summer. Pfizer and Moderna have promised the US administration 220 million doses of the vaccine by March. In the meantime, 75 million doses of the vaccine have been shipped. The information was officially announced on Wednesday (February 24).

In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, a third vaccine is being developed from Johnson & Johnson, in addition to the 220 million doses. Johnson & Johnson is in the final stages of obtaining the consent of the country's regulatory authorities to send their vaccine to the United States. The idea is that the Johnson & Johnson-produced vaccine would receive a "green signal" to enter the United States any day.

Like the Northern Hemisphere, vaccines are being used all over the world. Many countries have begun administering the second dose of the vaccine. The first dose is in full swing in many countries. Several countries in Asia and the Pacific are set to begin vaccination this week.

Vaccination will begin in South Korea on Friday (February 26). Two older Australians have taken higher-than-prescribed doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine shipments have entered Thailand for the first time. Thailand has received 200,000 doses of the vaccine from China's Synovax Company. Malaysia has begun vaccinating on a limited scale and the country's prime minister has received the first vaccine.

News about the vaccine is coming from almost all over the world. Ukraine has received its first collection of vaccines. Five lakh doses of AstraZeneca manufactured at the Seram Institute of India have reached the country. Vaccination program against coronavirus will start any day in Ukraine.

The African nation of Senegal has also started vaccination this week. The global pandemic coronavirus has killed and infected the country's health sector. In response to the emergency, Senegal has collected 200,000 doses of the Chinese synoform vaccine. Senegal's health minister has officially received the first vaccine in Dakar, the capital of the West African country.

Meanwhile, in conflict-torn Lebanon, there have been management problems with vaccinations. In Lebanon, which is divided by riots, clashes and tensions, registration and other activities are being disrupted. Unable to overcome the stalemate, the World Bank has threatened the Lebanese government to cut off funding for vaccines.

Britain has slowly come a long way in vaccination. Those concerned are working there day and night to handle the situation. As one of the world's top seven financial powers, Britain has called for the introduction of a global 'vaccine passport'. Britain hopes that this will reduce the stagnation of world tourism and safe movement and increase the employment opportunities for vaccinators.

Hopefully, the World Health Organization (WHO) has started distributing vaccines for the Kovax program. Ghana is the first country in the world to receive the vaccine.

On Wednesday (February 24), the Oxford-AstraZeneca-invented vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India, arrived in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Under the Kovax program, the WHO aims to supply about six lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine worldwide by the end of the year.

Sheikh Rehana, the youngest daughter of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been vaccinated against coronavirus in Bangladesh. She received the corona vaccine on Wednesday (February 24) morning.

The corona vaccination program started nationally on February 7 in Bangladesh. This activity is going on every day from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Till Tuesday (February 23), 24 lakh 91 thousand 53 people have been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 20 lakh doses of vaccine arrived in the country on Monday (February 22) in the second consignment from the Serum Institute of India to prevent corona. The vaccines were later placed in five special freezer vans from the airport to the Beximco Pharmaceuticals warehouse in Tongi.

Earlier, the Bangladesh government received 20 lakh doses of vaccine as a gift from the Indian government. After receiving this, the government started vaccinating from January 27. The experimental vaccine was administered on 27 and 28 January in Dhaka. Then on February 7 vaccination started all over the country.