China to send 600K more Covid vaccine doses to Bangladesh by June 13




On May 12, China handed over a batch of 500,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine as a gift to Bangladesh The government of China is going to send as many as 600,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh by June 13 as a gift.

Hualong Yan, minister counselor and deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Bangladesh, confirmed the matter in his Facebook post on Saturday.

The consignment of vaccine jabs is "ready for delivery by 13 of June," he wrote.

On May 12, China handed over first batch of 500,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh as gift while Dhaka is keeping its efforts on globally to get access to enough inoculation.

The fresh development comes at a time when the Bangladeshi authorities are continuing their efforts diplomatically to "make things normal" for the procurement of 15 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine after the price disclosure.

On May 27, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved the Health and Family Welfare Ministry's proposal to buy the vaccine doses.

As per the approval, the Health Services Division of the ministry will procure the Sinopharm shots in the next three months — June, July, and August.