Bangladesh begins Covid-19 vaccinations for Rohingya refugees – News Vibe24

    Bangladesh begins Covid-19 vaccinations for Rohingya refugees - Times of India
    KUTUPALONG: Bangladesh on Tuesday began vaccinating Rohingya refugees living in camps as the impoverished nation of South Asia battles a record number of coronavirus cases, officials said.
    Health officials say 2,600 cases of Covid-19 and 29 deaths have been reported in camps housing about 850,000 Rohingya, but many experts say this is most likely a gross devaluation.
    In the initial phase of vaccination, about 48,000 refugees over the age of 55 will receive Chinese-made Sinopharm shots over the next three days, local health chief Mahbubur Rahman told AFP.
    Officials said they had launched a “mass vaccination awareness campaign” in the camps with volunteers going door-to-door to inform refugees of the importance of the piercing.
    Shams ud Douza, Bangladesh’s deputy commissioner for refugees, told AFP that a vaccination effort would also begin this week for the 18,000 Rohingya who were controversially transported to an island in the Bay of Bengal.
    Bangladesh has been hit by a sharp rise in recent months and much of the country with a population of 169 million is under siege, including the Rohingya camps.
    The coronavirus has killed nearly 23,000 people and infected about 1.4 million in Bangladesh, most of them in recent months. About 98 percent of new infections come from the most contagious Delta variant first detected in neighboring India.
    “Vaccination of all age groups is the only effective way to stop the spread of the virus among the Rohingya population in the camps,” said Romain Briey, head of MSF Medical Charity in Bangladesh.
    Most of the Rohingya in Bangladesh fled the security forces’ attack on neighboring Myanmar in 2017 and four years later, there is no chance of them returning home.
    Hrusikesh Harichandan of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the Rohingya were “living in the shadow of the global vaccine gap”.
    “Vaccinations are vital for families to live with dignity because staying home is so difficult for people in these confined camps and most still have limited access to water and sanitation facilities, increasing the risks of Covid-19. ”

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