Taking a swipe at BNP’s criticism on vaccine issue, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud said the government has announced to provide vaccines massively after taking a roadmap.
“BNP is trying to spread confusion among the countrymen like the past about the vaccine issue. But the government has declared to provide vaccines massively in line with a roadmap,” he told reporters at the meeting room of his ministry at Secretariat in the capital on Monday.
The minister said BNP leaders have always spread confusion about the vaccines. “Even, they (BNP) also spread rumours about the vaccine of AstraZeneca, manufactured by Serum Institute, which is successful one (vaccine) as per the research”, he added.
“They (BNP) said that the vaccine will be harmful for health. But, later, they took the vaccine (AstraZeneca). So, they are giving such statements to create confusion among the people like in the past,” said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
He said it is never appropriate to create confusion among the common people as responsible political party leaders or as secretary general of a big political party.
Replying to another query over a comment of Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury over the death rate issue, he said everyone knows that the delta variant of Coronavirus has been spread over 100 countries across the globe. The variant has also been spread in those countries where about 80 percent people became under vaccination, he added.
He said health code has been imposed again in those countries and regions where everything was opened earlier. “He (Zafrullah) knows all these things. But he is giving such statements to create confusion among the masses,” he added.
Hasan said the government has made every effort in dealing with the COVID19 epidemic from the very beginning. “And for this, we have been able to combat the first wave of COVID19 under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Now, we are dealing with the second wave of the virus with utmost efforts,” he added.
The minister said mass vaccination has been started and the government has declared that about 10 crore dosage vaccines would be brought within the year. If possible, one crore people will be brought under the vaccination in every month, he added.