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Another 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine will arrive with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a gift to Bangladesh on Friday.
The vaccines are expected to arrive in Dhaka on Friday, Independence Day of Bangladesh. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) spokesperson Prof Dr Robed Amin, director of the directorate’s Non-Communicable Disease Control program, confirmed to Dhaka Tribune.
The vaccines may arrive on an Air India flight around 1pm on Friday. However, it is not yet known when the third consignment will arrive, said the professor.
Earlier, on January 21, India sent the first 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) to Bangladesh as a gift.
Indian Ambassador Vikram Doraiswamy handed over the vaccines during an event at the state guest house Padma. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam and other officials concerned were present on the occasion.
On November 5, 2020, Beximco Pharmaceuticals, the Ministry of Health and the Serum Institute of India signed a tripartite agreement. Under the agreement, Serum Institute will export 30 million vaccines to Bangladesh. These are the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines made by Serum Institute of India.
So far, Bangladesh received a total of 9 million doses from India. Two million doses came first on January 21 as a gift.
The first consignment of vaccines, 5 million doses, purchased by the government came on January 25 while two million more doses were received on February 23.
So far, 5,089,049 people have been vaccinated in the country by taking part in the national vaccination program against coronavirus which started on February 7.