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Bangladesh receives 1.7 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine under Covax scheme

The next consignment carrying the same amount of Sinopharm vaccine is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday

Update : 10 Aug 2021, 08:17 PM

Bangladesh on Tuesday received another 1.7 million doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine from China under the Covax facility as the government continues its efforts to speed up the nationwide vaccination drive.

This is the first consignment, among the three, scheduled to arrive from China this week.

Officials of the Health Ministry received the consignment at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:15pm, said Shahriar Sazzad, chief of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) unit at the airport.


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The next consignment carrying the same amount of Sinopharm vaccine is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, he added.

The third consignment carrying Sinopharm vaccine will arrive on Thursday, the official confirmed. 

He, however, could not confirm whether the third consignment was part of the Covax scheme as well or not.

Earlier, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Chinese embassy, Hualong Yan, in a Facebook post said the vaccine consignment had left Beijing for Dhaka in the morning. "We'll be coming soon for vaccine co-producing," he wrote.

With the latest numbers, Bangladesh now has received 9.8 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.

The country received seven million doses from China as purchased vaccines. Besides, China also sent 1.1 million Sinopharm doses as a gift to Bangladesh in two consignments in July.


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Earlier, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said Bangladesh was set to receive another 5.4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine by August 15.

Moreover, Bangladesh will procure a total of 60 million Sinopharm jabs from China, including the previously purchased 30 million doses.

On July 8, Bangladesh resumed its mass vaccination program against Covid-19 after a hiatus caused by low supply of vaccine doses.

The country is now administering vaccine doses developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer, and Moderna.

According to the foreign minister, Russia has agreed to go into co-production of its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh, besides exporting the jabs.

 

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