Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed authorities concerned to take preparations from right now for cold-chain management, stockpiling, supply and proper distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
Sheikh Hasina also asked all to take necessary measures to effectively tackle the second wave of the coronavirus in the country.
She gave the direction while presiding over the weekly meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) through a videoconference from Ganabhaban on Tuesday, reports BSS.
“The prime minister instructed all concerned to take necessary preparations and specific steps as well as ensuring proper stockpile, cold-chain, supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines once available to deal effectively with the second wave of the pandemic in the country,” Planning Division Senior Secretary Md Ashadul Islam told reporters after the ECNEC meeting.
He said the premier laid stress on properly imparting training to that personnel who will vaccinate people once those are imported and made available as well as effectively maintaining the waste management of the vaccines.
“The premier also called for ensuring ‘cold-chain’ management to preserve and distribute vaccines at the right temperature in a scientific way,” Ashadul said.
The term ‘cold chain’ denotes the series of actions and equipment applied to maintain a product within a specified low-temperature range from production to consumption.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, vaccines must be kept at a certain temperature from production till application in the human body.