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‘54 lakh more vaccine doses to arrive by Aug 15’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Some 54 lakh more doses of coronavirus vaccines will arrive in Bangladesh by August 15 which will help to carry on the government’s  countrywide vaccination campaign, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday. “We will get more 54 lakh vaccine doses by August 15. Of the total, 34 lakh doses vaccine under Covax facility will arrive between August 9 and 15. More 10 lakh doses, purchased from China will come and another 10 lakh doses the vaccine will arrive as a gift from China by the time,” he said.

The health minister came up with the information while talking to reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat.

“These vaccines will help us to carry on current geared up vaccination activities in the country,” he added.

Zahid Maleque said rural people are taking coronavirus vaccine in a festive mood as long queues are seen during vaccination like the election queue.

He said the vaccination drive in municipality areas will continue alongside the routine vaccination 30 lakh people have been brought under the mega vaccination process.

“We’ve got approval to procure 6 crore more doses of vaccine from China. The issue is in stage of signing agreement with China,” the minister said.

He further said China will give more 50 lakh Sinopharm vaccines in this month which has been purchased.

“We will get 10-15 million vaccines in September, 20 million in October and 20 million in November,” Zahid Maleque said.

Besides, he said in first week of September 6 million Pfizer vaccines will come to the country under Covax facility.

Replying to a question, the minister said enough whenever vaccine will be available the government will carry out massive vaccination campaign across the country.

Asked many people are not receiving SMS to receive vaccine even after long time of completion of registration, Zahid Maleque said the sending SMS depends of availability of vaccine.