UNB News, Dhaka
More 50 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Dhaka from China in the early hours of Thursday.
A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed at Shahjalal International Airport with the vaccine consignment around 2 am, said Maidul Islam Prodran, senior information officer (Health).
Chief Health Coordinator Dr. Abu Jaher received the vaccine consignment at the airport, he added.
The vaccine doses are, in fact, part of the commercial purchase from China.
On September 18, Bangladesh received 50 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine. Besides, 54 lakh doses of the Chinese Covid vaccine arrived in Bangladesh on September 11.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently told Parliament that the government had made arrangements to get more than one crore Covid-19 jabs every month.
According to the schedule received from the company producing Sinopharm, two crore shots will be available every month from October and six crores from December, she had said.
On August 16, Bangladesh, China, and Incepta Vaccine Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the co-production of the Sinopharm vaccine in Bangladesh.
Earlier on 15 September, Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen said the country will get 24 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines by March-April of next year.
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According to the Directorate General of Health Services, the total number of vaccinators in the country is 3 crore 90 lakh 31 thousand 798 people till yesterday. Two crores 35 lakh 13 thousand 372 of them have been vaccinated with the first dose. And one crore 55 lakh 16 thousand 534 people have been vaccinated with the second dose.