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6 lakh vaccines of China’s gift arriving by June 13

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:42 AM, 5 June 2021   Updated: 02:11 PM, 5 June 2021

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Another 6 lakh vaccines of Sinopharm, which was given to Bangladesh in the second phase as a gift from China, are ready to be sent by June 13.

Hualong Yan, deputy chief of the Chinese embassy in Dhaka, shared the information on his Facebook ID on Saturday morning. Earlier on May 12, five lakh doses of Sinopharm vaccine sent as a gift from China arrived in the country.

Hualong made the remarks to send the gift vaccine at a time when there was uncertainty about buying the vaccine from China as Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said on Friday that China is “annoyed” with the release of vaccine prices.

Foreign Minister said the government would not be able to buy vaccines at that price in the future. They have to buy at the price at which they sell the vaccine in other countries. “It can be double or triple,” he added. 

A meeting of the Cabinet on May 27 approved a proposal to buy 1.5 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from China. The government is going to buy the vaccine at $10 per dose, a Cabinet official told reporters after the meeting. After the news spread in various media, the ministry officials said that the price has not been “approved” yet. 

Later, Director General (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam said DGHS sent a letter to the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka expressing regret over the matter.