He also said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-production of Sinopharm vaccine in Bangladesh will be signed soon
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said the government has ordered to purchase 75 million doses of Chinese Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine while payment for 15 million doses has already been made.
"We ordered 75 million doses of Sinopharm ... and we have already sent money for 15 million doses out of these," he told media at the State Guest House Padma in the capital.
Apart from purchasing vaccine, the foreign minister said that Dhaka would receive 34 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine next week and one million more doses of AstraZeneca vaccine later this month under Covax framework.
Besides, he said, Bangladesh is scheduled to get six million more doses of Pfizer vaccine in the first week of September under the Covax facility as well.
Covax, a global alliance, is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
"We have made a good line up of vaccine .... (as) we would like to make at least vaccinate half of our population," he said, adding that currently the health ministry has 12.3 million doses of different kinds of Covid-19 vaccine.
Saying that vaccine coproduction is very crucial to fulfil the government's target to vaccinate most of the countrymen, Momen
announced that the tentative agreement over vaccine coproduction with China would be signed anytime.
"We have forwarded it [the draft MoU] through the right channel to the Health Ministry," Momen said.
Mentioning that the law ministry also vetted the draft agreement, Momen said, "Everything [MoU] is fine ... any minute they can sign.”
Earlier, Dr Momen confirmed that Chinese Sinopharm would go for co-production with Bangladeshi pharmaceutical company Incepta.
The final agreement would be signed among three parties - Bangladesh government, Incepta pharmaceuticals and Chinese Sinopharm.
The foreign minister said preparing the final MoU should not be delayed as it would take two months to start coproduction here after signing the final agreement.
About co-reproduction of Russian vaccine here, the foreign minister said, currently the Moscow administrations are working slowly as Russia has been hit by the third wave of coronavirus.