US’s Moderna, China’s Sinopharm vaccines arrive

Bangladesh has recieved Morderna vaccine from United States (US) as gift under the Covax framework while Chinese Sinopharm vaccine those Dhaka purchased from Beijing also arrived on Friday midnight.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik were present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to receive the jabs.

At first, the ministers received the first consignment of 1.3 million, out of 2.5 million doses of the US’s Moderna vaccine, from US Ambassador Earl Miller after a flight carrying the jabs reached at the airport at 11:30 pm.

After nearly one hour later, both the ministers received the first consignment purchased from China by Bangladesh government commercially at the airport, carried by a aircraft of Bangladesh Biman,

The second consignment of 1.2 million doses of Moderna vaccines and another shipment of Sinopharm inoculation are scheduled to reach here on Saturday.

Earlier, Bangladesh received 1.1 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China as gift in two occasions in May and June last. The vaccine consignments have been reaching here as good news for Bangladesh as Dhaka has been desperately looking for vaccines to inoculate people.

On Thursday, the foreign minister expressed his optimism that the shortage of COVID vaccine would be over soon as Dhaka is expecting steady supplies of vaccine from different sources.

On the same day, the health minister, in a video message said, the government will resume the regular vaccination drive after getting these 4.5 million doses of US and Chinese vaccine.

Dhaka had urged Washington DC to send 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine immediately after knowing that the US had 60 to 80 million AstraZeneca shots in stock.

Besides, Bangladeshi diaspora community filed a petition to the White House, seeking vaccine doses. Meanwhile, negotiation has been going on between Bangladesh and China and Russia to bring adequate vaccines here as soon as possible while the foreign minister earlier said the government is hopeful to make a formal announcement soon on coproduction of corona vaccine.

The health ministry has been negotiating to purchase 1.5 crore doses of Chinese vaccine and to import 5 million doses of Sputnik vaccine from Russia, according to the official sources.

On January 21, Bangladesh received its first ever corona vaccine consignment as India sent 20 million doses of inoculate as gift. Bangladesh has so far received 1.2 crore vaccine from the Serum
Institute of India (SII).


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