Bangladesh will have to spend 0.1pc of its GDP in current year and 0.23pc next year for bringing people under vaccination programme Chances of economic benefits to the tune of $20.48 billion if herd immunity is created: World Bank report
Asifuzzaman Prithil for DOT
 The report titled ‘South Asia Economic Focus: South Asia Vaccinates’ has come up with the three possible scenarios as the expense of the South Asian countries including Bangladesh in the next years for bringing 70 percent people under the vaccination programme. It is not likely that the countries will be able to recoup the losses immediately after launching the vaccination programme.
 It will take time to regain the investment and growth lost to the pandemic. Because, many businesses have already become loan defaulters. Many people have become jobless.
The economy will bounce back if there is no vaccination programme. The vaccination programme will only expedite the process.
 According to the report, Bangladesh will have to spend $19 for vaccinating a person with two doses. $192 crore will be spent for bringing 70 percent population under the vaccination coverage.
According to the World Bank report, Bangladesh’s most risky area is its infrastructure.
 As per the projection of the report, the country will have 5.1 percent growth in the current fiscal and 6.2 percent growth next fiscal. The next is the service sector.
The sector which will have least growth is agriculture.