A total of 20 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine will arrive from India on Thursday instead of Wednesday as gift from the neighbouring country.
The jab will arrive on a special flight of Air India, according to the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
Earlier, the Directorate General of Drug Administration said the vaccine will come on Wednesday.
On Monday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said the Indian government would send some vaccine doses to Bangladesh as gift.
While speaking at the ‘Meet the Reporters’ event organised by Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) at its auditorium, he, however, did not disclose the date of the arrival of the jab, saying they expect the vaccine will arrive soon.
The minister said the first lot of the Covishield vaccine may arrive in the country from the Serum Institute of India by January 25-26.
He said the vaccine will be given at hospitals and diagnostic centres and over 300 centres will be set up in the capital for inoculating city dwellers.
Zahid Maleque said the government has also prepared a policy to allow private sector for importing and selling the coronavirus vaccines commercially in the country. “The government will fix the prices of vaccines that may vary depending on brands,” he added.
Asked about side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, he said it may have side effects life every drug. “Some side effects have already been found in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, too. As far as we know, the side effects aren’t severe. It can’t be said there will be no side effect of the vaccine. People will have to take the vaccine agreeing that there might be its side effect.”
The minister also said the government will bear the expense for treatment if anyone shows any side effect.
Zahid Maleque said the government has already sent necessary documents to Covax authorities to get vaccine. “Eight lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine may come from the Covax facility anytime.”