BNP blames govt for COVID-19 vaccine uncertainty

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:12am on January 07, 2021

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday said that the Awami League government had created uncertainty over getting COVID-19 vaccines in the country as the government was not far-sighted.

BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, who leads the party’s committee on COVID-19 vaccination, made the allegation against the government at a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.

He also advised the government to collect vaccines from alternative sources due to uncertainty and confusion over the timely delivery of COVID-19 vaccine from India through Beximco Pharmaceuticals as per a deal.

Mosharraf said that the Awami League government had no responsibility towards people as it was not voted by them and was engulfed by corruption.

He called on the government to take immediate steps to collect vaccines at cheaper prices, demanding proper preservation and distribution plans.

As vaccines of Pfizer and Moderna would not be suitable for Bangladesh, the country should collect vaccines from Russia, China and others sources approved  by the World Health Organisation, Mosharraf said.

He alleged that instead of dealing with vaccine producing firms directly, the government had given the duty of procuring vaccines to Beximco causing financial losses to the country as the price of each dose of the Oxford-developed vaccine, manufactured by Serum India, would be nearly double the actual price.

The agreement has been done in a way so that it would bring financial benefits to a business group, Moshrraf said.

He said that the BNP was demanding that all people in the country should get vaccines free of cost.

Six members of the BNP committee and central party leaders AZM Zahid Hossain, Rafiqul Islam and DAB president Harun-or-Rashid attended the press conference.