The consignment is scheduled to arrive in the afternoon
One million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will reach Dhaka from India on Saturday, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka has announced.
The consignment is scheduled to arrive at 5:40pm on Saturday from the Serum Institute of India (SII).
This is a commercial supply against the Beximco order, said the high commission.
Earlier, the Indian government announced resumption of vaccine exports from October amid improvement of Covid-19 situation.
The world's largest vaccine producer had halted exports in April to cater to domestic demand as infections shot up.
Bangladesh entered into a deal with the SII to purchase 30 million doses of a potential vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.
Bangladesh was supposed to get five million doses of vaccine per month as SII and Bangladesh’s Beximco Pharma signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for priority delivery of the vaccine doses.
Bangladesh has so far received only 7 million of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses produced by SII through its contract.
Bangladesh also received 3.3 million doses of the vaccine from India as a bilateral partnership gift.