One million doses of coronavirus vaccine from the Seram Institute of India have reached the country. Vaccines was landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Saturday (October 9) evening.
Director of the Department of Health’s vaccination program Shamsul Haque has confirmed the information about the vaccine. He said the 1 million COVISHIELD vaccine from the Seram Institute of India had arrived at 5:54 pm.
Earlier, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said in a text message that BEXIMCO had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Seram Institute of India to arrive in Dhaka at 5:40 pm on Saturday.
The vaccination program in the country started last February with the AstraZeneca vaccine produced at the Seram Institute of India. The government had agreed to buy 30 million doses of COVISHIELD vaccines made at the Serum Institute. But after the arrival of 6 million doses, India banned exports, so no more shipments. In this, Bangladesh has to face many difficulties. Particularly troubled were those who waited for the second dose after receiving the first vaccine of COVISHIELD. However, in July this year, after the consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Japan, those waiting for the second dose were vaccinated.