Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Saturday said Bangladesh would go for co-production of Covid-19 vaccines soon, emphasising that there is no alternative to production of vaccines locally.
“There is no alternative to production of vaccine locally. A process has already started to produce jabs locally,’ he told reporters after receiving the first consignment of 245,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan.
“We have already received some documents from China in this regard and the documents have been sent to the departments concerned,” he said adding that co-production of jabs would start soon.
Dr Momen said the countries that went for coproduction of vaccines are doing well.
Earlier, a cargo flight of Cathay Pacific Airways carried the vaccine doses that landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito, Health Services Division Secretary Lokman Hossain Miah and personal physician of the Prime Minister Professor Dr ABM Abdullah were present.
The vaccine doses came under the COVAX facility.
He said there would be no problem over the vaccine supply for the next few months as they have lined up availability of vaccine doses from multiple sources.
Dr Momen said Bangladesh is lucky to have an old friend like Japan which sent AstraZeneca vaccine doses when Bangladesh needed it badly to provide the second dose to those who are yet to receive it.