50 lakh doses of COVID vaccine arrive tomorrow: Health Minister
Published: 04:32 PM, 24 January 2021 Updated: 05:39 PM, 24 January 2021
Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a press conference. Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said that 50 lakh (5 million) doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine - purchased by the government - will arrive in the country from India on Monday.
All kinds of preparations have already been completed, the health minister said at a press conference at the secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) is the local manufacturer of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Earlier on Thursday, Bangladesh received the shipment of two million doses of the vaccine gifted by India. Each person will need two doses.
Stating that the government has approved rapid antibody test for Covid-19, the minister said, "There has been demand for the approval of antibody test for long. Now we have approved it."
The antibody test looks for past presence of the virus and a possible immune response to the infection. There had been strong recommendation from the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 to introduce both the antigen and antibody-based rapid testing for Covid-19 for months.