Bangladesh has begun administering Covid-19 vaccines to Rohingya refugees


According to officials, Bangladesh began vaccinating Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded camps on Tuesday (Aug 10) as the poor South Asian nation confronts a record spike in coronavirus cases.
Officials say 2,600 Covid-19 cases and 29 deaths in the camps holding 850,000 Rohingya, but many experts believe this is a significant underestimation.
In the ensuing three days, roughly 48,000 refugees over 55 will receive Sinopharm vaccines developed in China, according to local health official Mahbubur Rahman.
Officials claim that volunteers conducted a “huge vaccine awareness campaign” in the camps, visiting door to door to tell the migrants about the need to be vaccinated.
Bangladesh’s Deputy Refugee Commissioner Shams ud Douza told AFP that a vaccination push for the 18,000 Rohingya Muslims who were controversially moved to an island in the Bay of Bengal would begin this week.
In recent months, Bangladesh has seen a significant increase in cases, and part of the 169 million-strong country, including the Rohingya camps, has been placed under lockdown.
In Bangladesh, the coronavirus has killed approximately 23,000 individuals and sickened 1.4 million, most of whom have been afflicted in recent months. Roughly 98 percent of new infections are caused by the more transmissible Delta strain, first discovered in India.


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