A vaccine of six lakh corona made by Sinopharm, the second batch of Chinese gifts, arrived in Dhaka on Sunday. Both the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka have confirmed the information.
According to the Chinese embassy, two planes of the Bangladesh Air Force left for Dhaka at 10:30 am local time at Beijing Airport. The vaccine arrived in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon. In addition to 6 lakh doses of vaccine, some more gifts including syringes, ventilators, masks have arrived in this consignment.
The line director of the MNC & AH operational plan of the health department Md. Shamsul Haque, EPI Program Manager Maula Box was present at the airport to take the vaccine.
On May 12, China sent five lakh gift vaccines made by Sinopharm to Bangladesh. At the end of its 9 days, China announced the gift of vaccine to Bangladesh in the second phase.
On May 21, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK. Abdul Momen. During the phone conversation, the Chinese Foreign Minister said that he would give six lakh vaccines to Bangladesh in the second phase.
The mass vaccination in Bangladesh started last February with the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine made at the Seram Institute of India.
Despite an agreement to buy 30 million doses of vaccine from Seram, the government stopped the export of vaccines when India fell victim to the epidemic. As a result, after receiving 6 million doses of vaccine in Bangladesh, did not get it anymore.
The government then reached out to China for the vaccine. The 5lakh dose of vaccine received as a gift from China has been implemented on May 25.