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India to send vaccines from Dec: Salman

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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India to send vaccines from Dec: Salman

Bangladesh will start receiving the remaining shipment of coronavirus vaccine bought from Serum Institute of India from December, said lawmaker Salman F Rahman, also the private industry and investment advisor to the prime minister.

“India will start sending vaccines again from next month. Bangladesh is still awaiting another 22 million vaccine doses.

All of the vaccines from India will arrive by the first quarter of next year,” he said at ‘Meet the Reporters’ at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Tuesday.

The Serum Institute of India, the largest vaccine manufacturing company in the world, is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca created coronavirus vaccine and selling it under the name of Covishield.

In November last year, the Bangladesh government signed an agreement to buy 30 million doses from the company. The government also paid Tk 6 billion in advance, nearly half the cost of the vaccines.

The situation in India, however, deteriorated dramatically in April, leading the government to ban the export of coronavirus vaccines. India gifted Bangladesh 2 million doses of Covishield on January 21 and another 1.2 million on March 26.