The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca will reach Dhaka in between January 21 and 25. Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam said, “We have taken vaccine distribution plans ahead of arrival of COVID-19 vaccine in the country” in a press briefing.
According to the DGHS, Bangladesh government will get three crore COVID-19 vaccine doses from the Serum Institute of India under the agreement. On December 13, the agreement was signed for collecting three crore COVID-19 vaccine doses developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca.
On November 5, a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for collecting these three crore COVID-19 vaccine doses from the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca. The MoU was signed among the Bangladesh Government, Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd (BPL) and the Serum Institute of India (SII).