Bangladesh starts vaccine drive for Rohingya refugees The Bangladeshi government and aid agencies have vaccinated Rohingya refugees against the coronavirus as the increase in incidents raises health concerns in the vast upstream, narrow camps where more than a million people have fled Myanmar. Inoculation has begun.
Bangladesh starts vaccine drive for Rohingya refugees Highly contagious delta variations have led to a surge of infections across Bangladesh, with about 20,000 infections and 200 deaths so far in Cox’s Bazar district, a refugee camp on the southern border with Myanmar, with 34 deaths.
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The spread of Covid-1 of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is very high, with a national positive rate of about 0%, especially the number of people living in this camp.
Vaccines in 34 camps
The Government Civil Surgeon’s Office and aid agencies in Cox’s Bazar launched vaccination campaigns in 34 camps on Tuesday in parallel with Bangladesh’s national vaccination efforts.
According to a statement from an international organization, about 500 Bangladeshi Red Crescent workers and volunteers have joined the campaign in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Rohingya community leaders, Camp Frontline Medical Volunteers and the Rohingya 55+ are the first group to be vaccinated.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees told the Associated Press in an email that more than 65,000 of the nearly 900,000 refugees would be vaccinated in the first batch.
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More than 1.3 million infections have been reported in Bangladesh since the outbreak, with 22.8 deaths from Kovid-1.
More than 700,000 Rohingya fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2017 as a result of harsh military operations against ethnic groups following rebel attacks.
After the previous persecution, other Rohingyas lived in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
The crackdown of 201 crack included rape, murder and the burning of thousands of homes, which the world rights group and the United Nations call ethnic cleansing.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have sought repatriation, but the Rohingya are too afraid to return.