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Bangladesh clears way for direct procurement of Covid-19 vaccine

  • Published at 10:40 am December 2nd, 2020
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The government on November 5 signed a MoU to collect 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved in principle a proposal of the Health Services Division to procure Covid-19 vaccine directly from any organization through negotiations without following any bidding process. 

“The Cabinet body approved a proposal of the Health Services Division [under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare] to procure Covid-19 vaccine worth over Tk5 crore by applying the direct procurement method,” said Md Abu Saleh, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division.

He was briefing reporters on the committee’s decision after its meeting.

Abu Saleh, however, said: “This committee has just given the approval in principle to meet the emergency needs of the state. But when any procurement deal will be final, it’ll come to the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase for its final approval.”

He said the approval was given in compliance with the Provision 76 of the Public Procurement Rules 2008.

Law Minister Anisul Huq presided over the meeting in absence of the committee head Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.

Earlier on November 5, the government signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd to collect 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca SARS-CoV-B2, AZD1222 vaccine.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday said the vaccines, being procured, will be provided free of cost.

He said a program is being developed to select the priority recipients of the vaccines following WHO protocol.

The government will initially provide 30 million free doses of Covid-19 vaccine to the citizens of the country.

The government will procure the 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The Finance Ministry on November 16 initially allocated some Tk735.77 crore against the Health Services Division to procure the Covid-19 vaccine. “The draft of a tripartite procurement agreement has already been prepared,” he said.

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