Corona Infection, Vaccine Politics and Current Reality

After coping with the first wave of corona, life in Bangladesh started to get a bit normal from September last year. In this situation, the World Health Organization urges the people to be aware of the preventive measures against corona infection such as wearing masks, avoiding public gatherings and maintaining cleanliness.

Powerful nations such as Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and even the United States and the United Kingdom are struggling to cope with this wave of corona. Developed countries have not been able to control the infection despite adhering to preventive measures. In this case, the need for vaccination becomes very urgent.

We all know that it takes at least 10-15 years for a vaccine to be discovered. But in this situation there is no chance to wait so long. In this reality the World Health Organization approved the AZD1222 vaccine on an emergency basis, which was prepared in a joint effort by Oxford-AstraZeneca. This vaccine is made by the Seram Institute of India, known as Kovishield.

Russia’s Sputnik vaccine has an effective success rate of 91 percent, but the World Health Organization has not authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, which appears to be a political decision.
The Drug Administration Bangladesh on January 8 granted emergency use of the vaccine in Bangladesh and gave the overall responsibility for the distribution to Beximco Pharmaceuticals, the country’s leading pharmaceutical company. The government began administering the vaccine to the public free of charge on February 8.

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Getting the vaccine in hand and starting to apply it to the people is certainly a landmark achievement of the present government. But sadly the truth is that the number of vaccine registrations at the beginning was very low. Some people were discouraged from getting vaccinated due to political malpractice, religious orthodoxy and Indian vaccine scandal. But over time, that is likely to change.

Recent studies have shown that taking the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine greatly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. In addition, a team of researchers from Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University recently conducted a survey of 200 vaccine recipients and found that even if the first dose recipients were infected with corona, their health risks were much lower.

Corona infections have multiplied in India recently. About 3,000 people die every day. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, 3,92,046 people have been newly infected with corona in the last 24 hours. (2 May 2021, Dhaka Post).

Due to the increase in infections, the Serum Institute has been delaying in giving us the promised number of vaccines (paid for). In this situation, the government of Bangladesh has given permission to produce the vaccines of Sputnik of Russia and Sinofarm of China.

Recent studies have shown that wearing a double mask (wearing a surgical mask and a three-layer cloth mask together) plays an important role in preventing corona infections.
Russia’s Sputnik vaccine has an effective success rate of 91 percent, but the World Health Organization has not authorized the emergency use of the vaccine, which appears to be a political decision.

Like other countries in the world, Bangladesh is going through a difficult situation due to Corona disaster. The government recently announced a border closure in view of the high contagion of corona in India. The lockdown announced by the government for the last three weeks is also in force. But it is difficult to control everything by law. In this case, it is important for the people of the country to be aware of the health and to follow the necessary health rules to control the disease.

Double mutated and triple mutated variants have been found in India. The risk of death from infection with this variant is very high. The ten persons from India, who were identified as Corona and were undergoing treatment at Jessore General Hospital, were detained after they escaped from the hospital and re-admitted to the Isolation Center. But if the double or triple mutated variants spread across the country through them, the Bangladesh government would have to face a difficult situation to deal with the risk of death from the infection.

It is difficult for a less affluent country like Bangladesh to continue the lockdown for a long time. I suggest recommending the following steps to address this reality:

1. To continue the efforts of the government to collect vaccines and to involve most of the people of the country in vaccination activities.

2. N-95 or KN-95 masks cost more which is beyond the purchasing power of the common man. Encourage people to use low cost surgical masks and three-layer cloth masks (which can be washed) in this situation. Recent studies have shown that wearing a double mask (surgical mask and three-layer cloth mask together) plays an important role in preventing corona infections. Also instruct those who have been vaccinated to wear masks.

3. To conduct office activities in public and private office courts through the presence of one-third of the officers and employees. To give the responsibility of running the office from home by exempting the sixties from joining the work. In this case, it is important to monitor the activities of government and non-government organizations.

4. To motivate religious institutions to conduct activities while maintaining social distance. In this case, instructing the elderly to perform religious rites from home.

After all, tackling corona is not possible just through government announcements or actions. Sincere goodwill of the people of the country, various governmental and non-governmental organizations

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