Six lakh more doses of Chinese vaccine arrive June 13

Staff Correspondent

8 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Six lakh more doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine will arrive from China on June 13, Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque has informed on Monday.

He also said administering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will start after the arrival of the Chinese vaccine.

“Pfizer vaccine will be administered as per the registration list,” he said.

"Vaccinations will continue simultaneously with both Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines. Another six lakh Sinopharm vaccines from China will arrive on June 13; then we will start administering the Pfizer vaccines too as per the [registration] list," said the minister.

The health minister came up with the information while talking to reporters after the inauguration of Vitamin A Plus capsule campaign at the Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons (BCPS) auditorium in the city.

Mentioning that the Pfizer vaccine diluent was scheduled to arrive Monday night, he said the vaccine will be administered at four vaccination centres in Dhaka.

About collecting the Sinopharm vaccine, the health minister said the government is going to make an agreement in a bid to get 1.5 crore vaccines in the next three months.

He said if Sinovac can give vaccines to Bangladesh and can produce jointly with a local company, the Bangladesh government will give them the opportunity. Zahid Maleque also said the signing of an agreement with Russia for the Sputnik V vaccine will be finalised soon.

On May 12, China provided Bangladesh with 5 lakh doses of vaccine manufactured by Sinopharm.  Bangladesh gave the emergency use authorisation to Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine on April 29