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2021-09-11 12:23:39 BdST

54 lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine arrive in Dhaka

Around 54 lakh more doses of the Sinopharm vaccine arrived in Dhaka from China in the small hours of Saturday.

A regular flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines landed at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12.44 am with the vaccine consignment, Dr Shahriar Sazzad, in-charge of the airport health camp, said.

"Md Shamsul Haque, a line director at the Directorate General of Health Services, received the consignment at the airport," he said.

With the new doses, China will have supplied over two crore doses of Sinopharm to Bangladesh commercially.

Another 2.4 million doses have also been received from China as bilateral assistance.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently told Parliament that the government had made arrangements to get more than one crore Covid-19 jabs every month.

According to the schedule received from the company producing Sinopharm, two crore shots will be available every month from October and six crore from December, she added.

On August 16, Bangladesh, China and Incepta Vaccine Limited signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the co-production of the Sinopharm vaccine in Bangladesh.

The government has administered at least 33,699,773 doses of the four Covid vaccines – enough to have immunized around 10% of the country's population, assuming every person needs two doses.

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