10 lakh AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrive to Bangladesh from India

The third commercial consignment of 10 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) landed at 5.30 pm on Saturday afternoon at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

“Officials of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd received the consignment of one million shots of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at the airport,” Dr Md Shamsul Haque, Line Director of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health under the DGHS told BSS this evening.

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A tripartite procurement deal was inked with the Bangladesh government, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Serum Institute of India (SII) in December last year for 30 million Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.

The health ministry sources said five million or 50 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines reached Bangladesh on January 25 under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed on November 5 and a subsequent tripartite agreement on December 13 among the Bangladesh Government, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BPL) and the Serum Institute of India (SII) (SII).

On February 22, Bangladesh received the second cargo of COVID-19 20 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccinations from the SII.

With the third commercial shipment of one million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the total quantity of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has stood at eight million.

Till to date, Bangladesh has collected 5,37,19,940 doses of vaccinations, the DGHS sources stated.

Bangladesh has so far approved eight COVID-19 vaccinations to control the deadly disease.

The authorized COVID-19 vaccines are from Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, CoronaVac, Pfizer, Covishield, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

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