Bangladesh to distribute 3cr COVID-19 vaccines free

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:06, Nov 30,2020 | Updated: 16:59, Nov 30,2020


An undated handout picture released by the University of Oxford on November 23, 2020 shows a vial of the University's COVID-19 candidate vaccine, known as AZD1222, co-invented by the University of Oxford and Vaccitech in partnership with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca.- AFP photo

The government will distribute free of cost three crore doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca developed COVID-19 vaccine that it is going to buy from Serum Institute of India. 

Cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam informed the government decision at a press conference at the Secretariat on Monday after the weekly cabinet meeting.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held virtually.

The cabinet secretary said that the vaccines would be distributed as per the World Health Organisation guideline.

Frontline fighters, elderly people and children will get priority in receiving the vaccines, he said.

The cabinet secretary added that Tk 735.775 crore was allocated to buy the vaccines.

In the cabinet meeting, health ministry apprised the cabinet of the measures it took to tackle the second wave of COVID-19 and the status of vaccine procurement, the cabinet secretary said.

The government on November 4 signed a tripartite contract with Serum and local firm Beximco Pharmaceuticals for buying 30 million doses of vaccine.

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