Bangladesh does not need high GDP to tackle Covid-19 effectively, said Dr Rubin Harvey, director of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response at the University of Pennsylvania.
At an online video conference on June 23 with Footsteps Bangladesh, a youth based development agency, Dr Rubin Harvey explains how our country can still deal with the coronavirus, despite major issues such as low income and high population.
He talks about some other countries with similar conditions as Bangladesh, who were able to take 'excellent' measures to deal with the virus.
According to Dr Harvey, Bangladesh is not alone when it comes to being a country with a low GDP, dealing with Covid-19.
Dr Harvey said the virus situation is getting worse in many countries because of ignorance and lack of information being spread to people.
He said a lot of developing countries are doing a better job of controlling the situation compared to some developed countries as developing countries have experience with infectious diseases. He used this point to explain that Bangladesh might do a good job of controlling the spread of the virus.
"In order to properly stop the virus, vaccines need to be produced. Sadly vaccine production is not as easy as it sounds. The specifics of the virus need to be considered before a vaccine is developed," said Dr Harvey.
"Some countries, Bangladesh included, are working on plasma therapy but it's a very dicey treatment so far as the exact dose of it is still unknown but it is still being researched," he added.