He added: “I don’t know when my turn will come. But I can assure you that when my turn comes, I’ll get the jab.”
Last week, he said that he would be the first person to take the Covid-19 vaccine when it reaches the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the vaccination campaign at the Kurmitola Hospital from Ganobhaban. Twenty-six people were given the vaccine in the first phase.
Bangladesh signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd for 30 million doses between January and June (five million doses each month). The first batch of vaccines reached Dhaka on Monday.
Responding to a question, the finance minister ruled out a survey report recently published by a think-tank that the country’s poverty increased and now 42 percent people are living below the poverty level after the pandemic hit the economy.
“This is absolutely distorted figure and far from the real situation and also from our position on the poverty,” he said.
He said that it is very easy to say that everybody is below the poverty line.
He also said the country will progress to become a developing country from the least developed country (LDC) in a next UN body meeting scheduled for next month.
“We hope we will be coming out of LDC bracket, God willing,” he said.