Health Minister Zahid Malek has said that the coronavirus vaccine made by Oxford University in the United Kingdom will arrive in Bangladesh anytime next January. He said 5 million vaccines for the first phase of 30 million doses would arrive in January. Then 50 lakh vaccines will come at each step.
The health minister gave this information at the signing ceremony of the purchase agreement of Corona Ticker on Sunday. The Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus (Covid-19) 30 million dose vaccine has been purchased from the Serum Institute of India. Under the agreement, Bangladesh will receive a total of 30 million vaccines at a cost of Rs 5 million in the next six months starting from January.
Health Minister Zahid Malek said, “I have signed the purchase document of 30 million dose tickers in Oxford.” It will be sent to the Serum Institute. They will get it by December 15. Hopefully, I will get the vaccine sometime in January. Prior to this, however, the approval of the World Health Organization will be required. There is also the matter of approval of the Department of Drug Administration of the country. Hopefully, approval will be available soon.
Director General of the Department of Health Prof. Abul Basar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Additional Director General of the Department Prof. Nasima Sultana and Prof. Mirzadi Sebrina, Managing Director of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Nazmul Hasan were present at the signing ceremony.
Earlier, on November 5, the government reached an agreement to buy 30 million doses of coronavirus vaccine made by Oxford University. Each person should be vaccinated in two doses. In other words, this 3 crore dose of vaccine can be given to one and a half crore people in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, the price of each dose of vaccine will be 5 dollars (425 rupees). The government has allocated Tk 735 crore 8 lakh 50 thousand for the purchase of this vaccine. The government will buy 3 crore vaccines; But people will get it for free.