Medical &Health

20 lakh COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Dhaka

The second consignment of COVID-19 20 lakh

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines purchased by the government landed in Dhaka last

night (February 22).

Bangladesh earlier received 70 lakh vaccines meaning the country has so

far collected 90 lakh vaccines, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid

Maleque told a meeting at his ministry here today, an official release said.

The health ministry sources said five million or 50 lakh Oxford-

AstraZeneca vaccines reached Bangladesh on January 25 under a memorandum of

understanding (MoU) signed on November 5 and a subsequent tripartite

agreement on December 13 among Bangladesh Government, Beximco Pharmaceuticals

Ltd (BPL) and the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The agreement ensures availability of three crore COVID-19 vaccine doses in

phases from the Serum Institute.

India sent as gift two million doses on January 21 ahead of dispatching

consignments under the agreement.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)