Govt okays import of 30m doses from India

Staff Correspondent

22 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) on Thursday approved a proposal for importing 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd.

The approval came at a meeting of the committee with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

The import cost will be Tk 12.74 billion in total but the finance minister at a press conference later did not elaborate how much each dose of the vaccine will cost.

He suggested reporters check with the health ministry for more information on the pricing of the vaccine.

“The approval was given under a direct procurement method to meet emergency needs,” he said.

Earlier, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave approval in principle for direct purchase of Covid-19 vaccine bypassing the regular purchase practice.

The Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase also approved seven more proposals from different ministries.

As per three separate proposals placed by the industries ministry, state-owned Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) will procure 85,000 metric tonnes of urea fertiliser.

Some 60,000MT bagged granular urea will be procured from Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company (Kafco) in two lots. Each 30,000MT lot will cost Tk 662.9 million at a rate of $260.13 per tonne.

The remaining 25,000MT bulk prilled urea will be imported from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) at a cost of Tk 560 million.

The approval also came for a proposal of the Roads and Highways Department to award a Tk 2.45 billion contract to Joint Venture of National Development Engineering Ltd, MM Builders & Engineers Ltd, and Rana Builders Pvt Ltd to construct three bridges on Dhaka-Arica Highway at Aminbazar, Salehpur and Nayarhat areas.

Two separate proposals of the Ministry of Shipping also got the nod.

Of these, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) will procure eight coastal sea trucks from Ananda Shipyard and Three Angles Marine Ltd at a cost of Tk 1.32 billion while three modern inland passenger vessels will be procured by the same authority from Three Angle Marines Ltd at a cost of Tk 1.43 billion.

A proposal of the Public Works Department also got the nod to award a contract to Padma Associates & Engineers Ltd to build a 20-story residential building at Rajarbagh Police Lines. The contract value is Tk 802.4 million.