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Govt to buy Chinese vaccine at $10 a dose

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The government has approved a proposal to purchase 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China, an official said.

Each dose of China’s Sinopharm vaccine will be priced at $10, Shahida Akhter, additional secretary of the Cabinet Division, said at a media briefing on Thursday, reports bdnews24.com.

Shipments will arrive in Bangladesh in three phases, starting in June, with five million doses in each consignment.

A cabinet committee approved the $150 million purchase plan under a government-to-government vaccine deal at a meeting in Dhaka. That means no private companies in Bangladesh will be part of the deal.

Bangladesh had run its inoculation drive against COVID-19 with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India, which it bought for $5 per dose. The Chinese vaccine will cost Bangladesh double the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot.

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