Sinopharm vaccination begins
Published: 10:23 AM, 19 June 2021 Updated: 02:46 PM, 19 June 2021
The nationwide Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccination campaign began on Saturday.
Those who have already registered for Covid-19 vaccines will be inoculated with the Sinopharm doses gifted by China, said a letter signed by Dr Mohammad Shamsul Haque, line director and member secretary of the health department, Covid Vaccine Management Committee, on Thursday.
In the letter, it was also said that the vaccine will be given at all government medical college hospitals, government general hospitals, district headquarters hospitals and 250-bed hospitals in the country.
Bangladesh started its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination program on February 7 by administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). The country has so far received seven million Covishield doses through its contract. Besides, India gave Bangladesh 3.3 million doses as a gift.
However, the government suspended administering the first doses with Covishield on April 25, just a day after India said no more vaccine doses would be shipped to Bangladesh anytime soon as the Covid-19 situation worsened there.
On May 12, China sent 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift. The health authorities administered the Sinopharm vaccine to 500 medical college students on May 25. The Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) administered the Sinopharm vaccine to over 450 Chinese citizens as well.
On May 31, the country also received 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under the Covax facility run by the World Health Organization and Gavi, the vaccine alliance.
On Sunday, Bangladesh received another 600,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China, also as a gift.