July 1, 2022, 7:58 am

Diplomatic correspondent

2021-06-30 11:00:35 BdST

China ready to deliver 2 million Sinopharm vaccines to BD

China is ready to deliver two million doses of its Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine as the first batch of Bangladeshi government's commercial purchase.

Deputy Ambassador of Embassy of China in Bangladesh Yan Hualong confirmed the news.

China is giving the vaccine to help Bangladeshi friends in fighting the new wave of the pandemic, he said.

Earlier, China gave a gift of 1,100,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine produced by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd to Bangladesh.

On May 27, the government approved the purchase of 1.5 crore doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.

Bangladesh started its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program on February 7 by administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII).

The country received seven million Covishield doses through a contract.

Besides, India gave Bangladesh 3.3 million vaccines as a gift.

On April 25, the government suspended administering the first doses with Covishield, just a day after India said no more vaccine doses would be shipped to Bangladesh anytime soon.

As SII had been unable to provide the number of doses they promised, many people were waiting for second jabs after receiving their first.

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