Procurement of Covid-19 Vaccine

Ensure maximum transparency: TIB

Staff Correspondent

13 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday urged the government to ensure maximum transparency at all levels over collection, procurement and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The anti-graft watchdog also called for abiding by the applicable laws and regulations to prevent irregularities and corruption in the vaccination programme at any cost to avoid recurrence of corruption in the health sector. The TIB said there is competition for vaccine as the number of effective vaccines is very few while production and supply are also limited.

Amid such reality, the government deserves thanks for its attempt to collect the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India.  But the relevant trade agreement and the possibility of timely receipt of the vaccines could not avoid controversy, it said.