Tk 1455cr allocated to buy vaccine in two phases
Published: 03:31 PM, 14 January 2021 Updated: 04:46 PM, 14 January 2021
The government will bring 30 million doses of the vaccine under the agreement from the Serum Institute of India to provide free Covid-19 vaccine to the people to tackle the pandemic. To buy this vaccine, Tk 1,586,44,75,000 has been allocated.
The Finance Division, in the first phase, has allocated Tk 735,76,82,000. The division, in the second phase, has allocated Tk 719,31,45,000 on Thursday. So far, a total of 1,455,08,27,000 has been allocated.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the first shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in the country between 21 to 25 January. Beximco will hand over the vaccine to DGHS on 27 January. The government will start online registration for the Covid-19 vaccine program from 26 January. Besides, nationwide vaccination may start from 27 February.
According to the Health Services Division, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 2 December approved in principle the proposal of the DGHS to buy 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for free distribution among the people in the first phase following the direct procurement procedure in case of emergency.
After that, an allocation order was issued from the Finance Division (Budget Section-1). Later today, Tk 719.31 crore was allocated in the second phase in a letter signed by Dr. Mohammad Abu Yusuf, joint secretary of the Finance Division. This money has been allocated to different sectors.