Saturday, 18 September, 2021

Steps taken to collect 24.54cr doses of corona vaccine: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that the government has already taken measures to collect 24,54,52,700 doses of Covid-19 vaccine as part of its initiative to inoculate all the people, reports BSS.

“We have so far taken measures to collect 24,54,52,700 doses of Covid-19  vaccine,” she said while replying to a tabled question from  treasury bench lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker from Naogaon-2 constituency in the 14th session of the 11th parliament with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presiding.

 The Prime Minister said the government has ensured getting over one crore doses of jabs per month while as per the schedule of the Sinopharm, the company will provide six crore doses of its vaccine by December with giving two crore per month from October. 

In total 2,61,29,187 doses of the Covid-19 have so far been administered till 30 August, 2021 of which 1,82,89,018 people have got a single dose while 78,40,169 people have received two doses of the vaccine, she said.

The Premier said that her government has set up 673 vaccine centres at divisional, district and upazila sadar levels across the country to bring all the people under the inoculation.

The Prime Minister said that collection of vaccines is an ongoing process as the government is determined to give it to all free of cost. 

The Prime Minister said that the government has communicated with all the vaccine producing organizations earlier before they have got approval. 

She added that of the organizations, they only got response from Indian Serum Institute (at that time) and booked three crore doses of vaccine with paying in advance.

The Premier said they later got response from Sinopharm of China and Sputnik-V of Russia. 

Immediately after getting response from the organizations, she said they have signed agreement with Sinopharm and also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for local production, she said.