Vaccine shipments from India to resume in Dec24 November 2021
The remaining shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine bought from the Serum Institute of India will start arriving in Bangladesh in December, says Salman F Rahman, the private
ndustry and investment advisor to the prime minister.
"India will start sending vaccines again from the coming month," he said at a Dhaka Reporters Unity event on Tuesday. "All of the vaccines from India will arrive by the first quarter of next year."
The Serum Institute of India, the largest vaccine manufacturing company in the world, is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca created COVID vaccine and selling it under the name COVISHIELD.
In November last year, the Bangladesh government signed an agreement to buy 30 million doses of the vaccine from the company. The government then paid Tk 6 billion in advance, nearly half the cost of the vaccines.
According to the agreement, the vaccine would be shipped from India to Bangladesh by Beximco Pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh, which would act as the sole distributor. Salman F Rahman is the vice-chairman of Beximco Group.