Bangladesh trying to bring COVID vaccine from countries other than India

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2021-04-21 19:26:55 BdST

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The government has initiated efforts to bring COVID-19 vaccine from other countries after India halted export of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University shot.

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud spoke about the issue after receiving the second dose of the vaccine at the Secretariat vaccination centre on Wednesday.

“The prime minister has initiated efforts to bring vaccine from other countries, not just Oxford vaccine from India,” he said.

The minister did not specify how many doses may come from which country.

He said there was a bid to mislead people over the availability of the second doses through a propaganda campaign.

“But the fact is – around 1.7 million people have taken the second doses,” Hasan said.

The government is using the AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, in its mass inoculation drive against coronavirus.

It signed a deal with Serum for 30 million doses, but a surge in coronavirus cases in India prompted the country to strengthen its immunisation drive by halting the export of the vaccine.

Bangladesh is also expected to get 12.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX programme co-led by the World Health Organization in the middle of 2021.