50 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is arriving today

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Fifty lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from India is arriving on Monday (January 25). Health Minister Zahid Malek said this at a briefing at the Secretariat on Sunday (January 24).

The Health Minister said the program would be inaugurated on January 26 by vaccinating a nurse at Kurmitola Hospital in the capital. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will officially inaugurate the program virtually.

The vaccine will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on a special Air India flight at 11:30 am on Monday (January 25), said Nazmul Hasan Papon, Managing Director of Beximco Pharma. He said this at a press briefing at his residence in Gulshan on Sunday evening.

Beximco Pharma and the Government of Bangladesh entered into a tripartite agreement with the Serum Institute of India, a manufacturer of 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. According to the agreement, 5 million doses of the first consignment of vaccines are coming to the country today.

Earlier, on January 20, the Indian government handed over 20 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift.