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20 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine to reach Dhaka tonight

Some 20 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine is expected to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in two aircraft on Saturday night and early Sunday.

Of the total vaccine, 10 lakh doses will reach around 11 pm while the remaining 10 lakh around 3 am Sunday, said a handout of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

Bangladesh will receive 20 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China as part of the commercial agreement, said Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Dhaka Hualong Yan on Friday.

Talking to UNB, Hualong said China will also provide 10 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine in addition to the 11 lakh doses already received as a gift from it.

“This is a gift for our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters in their fight against the pandemic,” Hualong Yan said.

Bangladesh has already received 20 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine as part of commercial purchase from China.

Bangladesh will receive initially 1.5 crore doses of vaccine as part of a commercial purchase agreement.

Hualong said China stands ready to provide support and assistance to help with Bangladesh government’s poverty alleviation through the China-South Asian Countries Poverty Alleviation and Cooperative Development Center.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China will continue to provide Bangladesh with the Covid vaccines to help it fight the epidemic.

He also said China is willing to work with Bangladesh to maintain the momentum of the development of the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momon in Tashkent and discussed the issues on the sidelines of the International Conference on “Central and South Asia: Regional connectivity – Challenges and opportunities” on Thursday.

Wang Yi said that China and Bangladesh are good neighbours and friends and the two sides always adhere to equal treatment and mutual respect, continue to deepen friendly cooperation, and actively jointly build the “Belt and Road”.

Source: United News of Bangladesh