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Covid-19 vaccine: 2nd batch to arrive on Monday

  • Published at 10:46 pm February 21st, 2021
A health worker administers the Covid-19 vaccine to an elderly man at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital in Dhaka on Thursday, February 11, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Managing Director Nazmul Hasan Papon confirmed the matter on Sunday

Bangladesh is all set to receive the second batch of Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Monday.

Beximco Pharmaceuticals Managing Director Nazmul Hasan Papon confirmed the matter on Sunday, reports Bangla Tribune.

“The flight schedule has not yet been fixed. The exact arrival time will be confirmed Monday morning. However, we are most certainly getting the doses [on Monday],” Papon, who is also a ruling party lawmaker, added.

Earlier on February 15, Papon, also the president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), had said: “Bangladesh will get around 0.3 million more doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in the second consignment. However, the quantity may vary depending on need, as we have six million vaccine jabs in stock right now. So there will be no crisis.”

He made the remarks after being administered with the Covid-19 vaccine at Dhaka’s Kurmitola General Hospital.

Bangladesh received the first batch of five million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on January 25. Earlier on January 20, the Indian government sent two million doses of the vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift.

On November 5, 2020, Bangladesh signed a deal with SII for the procurement of 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. As per contract, Serum Institute will supply five million doses each month.

Bangladesh began its nationwide vaccination efforts on February 7. 

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