• Friday, Jun 25, 2021
  • Last Update : 02:07 am

600,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses on the way to Dhaka

  • Published at 10:50 am June 11th, 2021
Cargo truck containing 600,000 Sinopharm Covid vaccine 11 June 2021
A special chiller truck containing 600,000 doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine on its way to Beijing Capital International Airport, China, to be flown out to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, June 11, 2021 Hualong Yan/Chinese Embassy in Dhaka

The consignment has been transported to Beijing airport, according to a Facebook post by a Chinese Embassy offical

The second shipment of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine doses from China is on its way to Dhaka, due to arrive on June 13.

A cargo truck containing 600,000 doses of the vaccine was transported to Beijing Capital International Airport on Friday morning, Bangladesh time, according to a Facebook post by Hualong Yan, minister counsellor and deputy chief of mission at the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka.

This is the second consignment of vaccine doses that China is sending over to Bangladesh - as a gift.

Earlier on May 12, China handed over the first batch of Sinopharm vaccine - 500,000 doses - to Bangladesh as a gift.

Just nine days after the arrival of the first batch of 500,000 doses of gift vaccine in Bangladesh, China announced that it would send a second batch of vaccine doses as a gift to Bangladesh.

On Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming said a "very pragmatic" discussion was underway between Bangladesh and China on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccine doses to meet Bangladesh's needs.

He also said there was a “very encouraging progress" between the two countries over coproduction of vaccines.

On May 27, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved the Health and Family Welfare Ministry's proposal to buy Sinopharm vaccine doses.

As per the approval, the Health Services Division of the ministry will procure the Sinopharm shots in June, July, and August.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use on April 29. Apart from this, Pfizer-BioNTech, Russia's Sputnik V, and Covishield were also given approval.

Also Read - Chinese envoy: Pragmatic talks underway over vaccine procurement, coproduction

Bangladesh started its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program on February 7 by administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The country received seven million of Covishield doses through its contract. Besides, India gave Bangladesh 3.3 million vaccines as a gift.

On April 25, the government suspended administering the first dose of the Covishield, just a day after India said no more vaccine doses would be shipped to Bangladesh anytime soon.

As the SII could not be able to provide the doses of vaccine they promised, a good number of people are waiting for their second jabs.

The health authorities started administering the Sinopharm vaccine among medical college students on May 25.

On May 31, the country received more than 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under Covax facility run by the World Health Organization and Gavi, the vaccine alliance.

Bangladesh also sought two million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the US, once the latter announced on April 26 that it would share the vaccine with the world.

The US government told Bangladesh that they would give the vaccine doses, but they had yet to decide how many doses they would be able to provide to Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said he hopes the US will honour Bangladesh by providing the AstraZeneca vaccine doses, apart from other vaccines.

Bangladesh needs at least 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine immediately.

The US reportedly wants to give Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Bangladesh.

On June 3, the White House announced its plan to share vaccines directly with Bangladesh as a part of a framework to provide 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of the month.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail