India on Thursday handed over two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh as gift.
Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami handed over the vaccines to foreign minister AK Abdul Momen at a programme at the state guest house Padma in the afternoon.
Health minister Zahid Maleque, state minister for foreign affairs M. Shahriar Alam were present among other on the occasion.
Foreign minister Momen termed the occasion as historic one and thanked India for its gesture as friendly neighbour.
Health minister Maleque said the government would start vaccination programme within five to six days on a trial basis, without giving a date.
The first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines earlier reached Bangladesh from India’s Mumbai in the morning by an Air India flight.
The Maldives and Bhutan were the first recipients of India’s coronavirus vaccine earlier on Wednesday.
Health minister Maleque said that the government was expecting to get another 5 million doses of the vaccine developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca under a purchase deal with Serum Institute of India and its local vendor Beximco by this month.
Health secretary Abdul Mannan on Wednesday said that four hospitals in the capital had been selected for experimental vaccination of healthcare providers before rolling out the vaccine for mass immunisation across the country in early February.
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