Mustafa Kamal wants to be early recipient of COVID-19 vaccine  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:36, Jan 21,2021 | Updated: 18:54, Jan 21,2021


Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said he would like to take COVID-19 vaccine at the beginning of vaccination. 

He said that he required vaccine since he was getting older.

Mustafa Kamal, who is now 74, was talking to reporters after approving a proposal from the Ministry of Health for procuring 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca developed vaccine manufactured at Serum Institute of India at the cost of $5 a dose.

He said those who are younger might not require vaccine at the initial stage of vaccination.

Kamal hoped that economic activities would bounce back once vaccination is started in the country from next month.

India on Thursday handed over two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh as a gift.

Health minister Zahid Maleque said that the government was expecting to get another 5 million doses of the vaccine 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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