Bangladesh to get 68m doses of COVID vaccine from Gavi by 2021
Published: 02:14 PM, 25 November 2020 Updated: 06:13 PM, 25 November 2020
Bangladesh will get 68 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by 2021 under the global arrangement Covax facility managed by Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.
According to a report by English daily Daily Star, Bangladesh will procure the vaccine from Gavi through financing and the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will submit a National Vaccine Deployment Plan to administer the Covid-19 vaccine as per the conditions.
The cost per vaccine from Gavi has been estimated at US $1.62 to $2.
“Those who submit the National Vaccine Deployment Plan first will get the vaccine supply first,” said Dr. Shamsul Haque Mridha, director of Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI), told a press conference at DGHS in the capital on Wednesday. “Hopefully, we will submit it on the first day GAVI will start accepting the guideline.”
Besides the vaccines that come with this facility, the Oxford vaccine will come to Bangladesh from the Serum Institute of India through Beximco Pharmaceuticals Limited.
Dr. Shamsul Haqueadded that the government would have to spend the US $1.25 per dose to distribute the vaccine.
Chaired by DGHS director-general Professor ABM Khurshid Alam, top officials of the health directorate were present in the press conference.
Source: The Daily Star