JS body for action against Serum Institute

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:13, May 09,2021


Jatiya Sangsad standing committee on foreign affairs on Sunday asked the ministry concerned to find a way to take legal action against Serum Institute of India for its failure to provide Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine to Bangladesh as per a contract.

The JS committee gave the suggestion to the ministry at its meeting held at Parliament building, committee chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan told reporters.

He said that the committee in February asked the authorities concerned to collect Covid-19 vaccines from multiple sources.

The committee sought explanation in this regard from the foreign ministry that said that it was an issue of the health ministry that is now trying to collect vaccines from several countries.

On April 25, Bangladesh suspended its first-dose of Covid vaccination for an indefinite period as Serum stopped supplying the vaccine in March.

The decision to halt the first phase vaccination had been in speculation for some time after India’s Serum Institute broke the deal to supply three crore doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after supplying only 70 lakh doses in January and February although it was supposed to supply 50 lakh doses a month against the contract of supplying three crore doses in six months.

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