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The minister informed this at a function organised by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) in the capital on Thursday afternoon.

Asked about when this activity would start, Zahid Maleque said “We’re getting ready. We’ll be able to start vaccinating in schools in a few days,” the minister added.

Besides, this vaccination program will also be conducted regularly in the schools which are already being vaccinated, he said.

The minister also said, “Vaccinating school students is a huge challenge.”

On 1 November, the new campaign to vaccinate school students, aged 12-17, against Covid-19 kicked off at 12 centres in Dhaka.

The school students are vaccinated with US-made Pfizer vaccine as it is suitable for them.

“However, the catastrophe that awaits us even bigger than Covid-19 is antimicrobial resistance,” said the minister.

Stopping consumption of antibiotics unnecessarily is the only solution to prevent antimicrobial resistance, he said. The purchase and sale of antibiotics without a registered physician, dentist and veterinarian should be stopped completely.

Zahid Maleque said, “We will enact a law to stop buying or selling antibiotics without a prescription. The law is awaiting final approval.”

Earlier, the health minister inaugurated the online drug license, a new initiative of the DGDA.

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