A total of 35 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country from India on Thursday, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday.
Of the doses, 20 lakh are coming as gift from India while the rest 15 lakh as part of agreement signed with the Serum Institute of India, he said while speaking to reporters after attending a programme at the Foreign Service Academy.
The minister said the vaccination programme will begin after the arrival of the jab.
Mentioning that they are sure about getting the vaccine, he said the vaccination drive will continue.
Dr Momen said many other countries, including Russia and China, have expressed their eagerness to give vaccine to Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Health Services Division Secretary M Abdul Mannan said the first consignment of 50 lakh Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country from India on January 25.
He said 60 lakh people will be vaccinated in the first month and they will get the second dose in the third month.
On the first day, 25 people, including frontliners, will be given vaccine at Kurmitola General Hospital, the secretary said.
Another 500 people will be inoculated at Kurmitola General Hospital, Kuwait Bangladesh Maitree Govt Hospital and Dhaka Medical College Hospital the next day, he said, adding that the vaccination will begin in full swing after observing them for several days.
Mannan said there will be no vaccination centre outside hospitals as jab recipients will be kept under observation. “All of the vaccine recipients will be brought under the telemedicine service.”
He said vaccine bulletin will be published every day.