Bangladesh has vaccinated nearly 25% of its population with at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

As of Sunday, over 40 million people have received the first shots, according to the latest data provided by the health directorate (DGHS). More than 20 million people have been fully vaccinated, it said.

The latest figures by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics puts the total population of the country at more than 160 million people.

In February, the government launched a nationwide mass inoculation drive in a bid to vaccinate 80% of the population against Covid-19.

A nurse prepares a syringe with Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 .

According to the DGHS, the majority of patients have received the Sinopharm shots from China. Bangladesh has also administered Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to its citizens.

Statistics show that more males than women have gotten their initial doses of the vaccine, highlighting a gender discrepancy in vaccination.

Among the divisions, Dhaka division leads the immunization race, where nearly 10 million people have gotten the first shot, followed by Chittagong with nearly 7 million.

With slightly over 100,000 people immunized, the Bandarban district has administered the fewest doses.

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