A consignment of 50 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, that were purchased from the Serum Institute of India arrived in the country on Monday.
A flight of Air India carrying the jab landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11am.
From the airport, the doses of Covishield vaccine are supposed to be taken to the warehouse of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Tongi from where those will be distributed across the country as per the government’s list.
Bangladesh will procure 3 crore doses of the vaccine from the Indian company with 50 lakh arriving in each month.
Besides, Bangladesh received 20 lakh doses of the Covishied vaccine from India on January 21 as a gift.
The nationwide vaccination programme is set to begin on February 8.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the vaccination drive on January 27.
In the first phase, 1.6 crore people will be vaccinated against the deadly virus.
Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam on Sunday said a total of 24 people from different classes will be vaccinated on the first day.
“Around 400-500 health workers will be given vaccine the next day. The list has already been submitted to the directorate,” he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.