Professor Liaquat Ali, chair of Pothikrit Foundation, emphasized on community engagement as he observed that the state-level interventions such as imposing lockdown would not help.
Before imposing the lockdown, the state support for the vulnerable groups must be ensured, he said.
Taking part in the discussion, Mushtuq Husain, advisor to IEDCR, said, the demand and supply of vaccines are quite in line so far. But moving forward, Bangladesh should expedite the procurement of vaccination from other sources outside Serum Institute.
Convener of BHW and moderator of the discussion, Mushtaque Chowdhury emphasized on a ‘whole of the society’ approach.
He referred to the triangular approach adopted by Thailand in which the three vertices, namely, state, science and community work together closely.