Monday, January 25, 2021

Oxford Vaccines from Serum, India:50 lakh shots arrive today

With all uncertainties over obtaining Covid vaccines removed, the main challenges for the government ahead are to run the mass inoculation campaign smoothly and involve people in the process, say experts.

Bangladesh has already received 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as a gift from the Indian government. And the first consignment of 50 lakh doses of the same vaccine called Covishield arrives in Dhaka today from Serum Institute of India.

The country has so far purchased three crore doses from Serum through Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, local agent of the Indian firm.

A special flight of Air India carrying the first consignment of vaccine shots is expected to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am today, Nazmul Hassan Papon, managing director of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, told The Daily Star yesterday.

The vaccine shots will then be transported to Beximco warehouses in Tongi before being dispatched to the government-designated destinations.

25/01/21 Mohammad Al-Masum Molla/Daily Star

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