And the February of 2021 was a monumental one for CHRF. Our Founder and Executive Director, Professor Samir Kumar Saha, was awarded the second highest civilian award, the Ekushey Padak for his contributions to research. Professor Samir Saha said after receiving the award:
“I’m thankful for my struggles because without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength and motivation. It is a true honor and privilege for me to receive the Ekushey Padak, as this award acknowledges me and my team's work to a great extent.”
We take great pride in this accomplishment and continue to be inspired by Professor Samir Saha’s patriotism and perseverance.
After 2020, we went into 2021 still fighting the war with SARS-CoV-2. This time, CHRF started the year off with a Nextstrain build exclusively for Bangladesh. The purpose of this build was to ensure open access for anyone interested to see which variants and variants of concern are circulating in Bangladesh, and was made public in January 2021:
CHRF also continued its science communication efforts to ensure a reliable and scientific public source for queries related to SARS-CoV-2, with a short YouTube series named, 'SARS-CoV-2 Updates in 2 Minutes'.
We also celebrated the successful rollout of the COVID19 vaccine for our healthcare providers. They were all smiles while getting their shots!