ECNEC approves project for procuring coronavirus vaccine...

Dhaka, Friday   22 January 2021

ECNEC approves project for procuring coronavirus vaccine

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:28 PM, 5 January 2021   Updated: 11:02 PM, 5 January 2021

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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine procurement, storage and distribution project involving an overall estimated cost of Tk5,659.07crore. 

The approval came from a meeting held on Tuesday at the NEC Conference Room in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair virtually. Although the project is not on the scheduled list, it has been presented directly in special management. 

The initiative will be taken under the first revised project "Covid-19 Emergency Response and Pandemic Preparedness" proposed for implementation through the Department of Health. 

Till June 2021, it will cost Tk3,030 crore to buy the vaccine, the rest of the money will be spent in phases under the project. 

The project will end in June 2023 while the Ministry of Health will also purchase, conserve and distribute the vaccine utilising loan from World Bank for the project.