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Government cleared to procure 60 million more doses of Sinopharm Covid vaccine

  • Published at 04:20 pm August 11th, 2021
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File photo of the Covid-19 vaccine made by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group (CNBG), taken on April 15, 2021 Reuters

Finance Minister says the price of the Sinopharm vaccine did not increase compared to the past

Bangladesh will procure a total of 60 million doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines from China under the Direct Procurement Method (DPM) as per the price mentioned in the agreement to bolster the government's efforts to vaccinate the people.

The approval came from the 27th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) this year held on Wednesday virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting virtually, the minister said that following the proposal placed by the Health Services Division, the CCGP meeting endorsed the proposal.

Kamal said that the government aims to vaccinate a total of around 138.2 million people for which there is a need for around 276.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

He said the government has currently around 25.5 million doses of vaccines while the rest would have to be collected in phases.

Answering a question, he said that the price of the Sinopharm vaccine did not increase compared to the past while the negotiation is on to collect the rest of the required doses of vaccines from various sources.

Joining the briefing virtually, Cabinet Division Additional Secretary Md Shamsul Arefin said that the government is expecting to receive these vaccines by November this year.

Other clearances

Arefin informed that the CCGP meeting approved a total of nine proposals including three separate ones for procuring a total of 90,000 tons of urea fertilizer.

Shamsul said Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) under the Ministry of Industries would buy 30,000 tons of bagged prilled urea fertilizer from Muntajat, Qatar with around Tk125.39 crore.

In another proposal, BCIC under the Ministry of Industries would procure another 30,000 tons of bagged granular urea fertilizer from KAFCO, Bangladesh with around Tk116.47 crore.

Apart from this, BCIC under the Ministry of Industries would purchase another 30,000 tons of bulk granular urea fertilizer from Fertiglobe Distribution Limited, UAE with around Tk123.43 crore.

The day's meeting approved a proposal from the Energy and Mineral Resources Division to appoint G Thomas (TOM) West Jr as the legal consultant for five years with spending around Tk5.59 crore to provide legal support to Petrobangla for importing LNG.

In another proposal from the Bridges Division, China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) has been appointed for five years for operations and maintenance of the Bangabandhu Bridge with around Tk172.61 crore.

The National Curriculum and Textbooks Board (NCTB) will collect some 76,42,071 textbooks of both Bangla and English versions for classes one and two for the 2022 academic year from Kochua Press and Publications Ltd, Ma System Computers Printers and Packaging, Krishna Traders, Bartopa Printers Limited with around Tk18.33 crore.

Following a proposal from the Power Division, the package No GD-2 under the project for ensuring cent percent electrification at Hatia Island, Nijhum Island and Kutubdia Island under turn key method has been awarded to the consortium of JATI, Malaysia, PSDC, Bangladesh, Youngin, Myanmar with around Tk148.04 crore.

CCEA meeting

Prior to the CCGP meeting, the meeting on Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) was also held virtually with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the chair.

The meeting approved a proposal from the Secondary and Higher Education Division to procure digital classroom content by the NCTB under the DPM method to conduct the curriculum activities of students through an online or digital method to fill up the gap of the usual method.

Besides, the CCEA approved a proposal of the Health Services Division to purchase PCR test kits, Antigen test kits, VTM with swab stick, PCR lab consumables, CPAP and BiPAP machine under the DPM method on an emergency basis to save the lives of the Covid-19 affected patients amid the pandemic.