Update June 17, 2021

Dhaka 5-04 pm, 24-July, 2021

Govt allocates Tk 14,000cr fund to procure COVID vaccines

Mirajul Moin Joy

Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus on Thursday informed that a fund of Tk 14,000 crore was allocated for the procurement of Covid vaccines.

He said the Prime Minister always says Bangladesh does not need to get free vaccines as it will buy those wherever theses are available. “We’ve made good progress,” he added.

Dr Kaikaus also said the mass vaccination of Covid-19 is expected to resume in July next as the government is making all-out efforts to collect vaccines, reports UNB.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to restart the vaccination on a mass scale in July,” he said, replying to a question at a press conference arranged at the Prime Minister’s Office over the Ashrayan-2 project.

The Principal Secretary said the government has already talked to several countries over the Covid-19 jabs. Bangladesh is also trying to produce vaccines locally. “We expect we’ll get the vaccines soon,” he added.

Dr Kaikaus said the government has been working rigorously for procuring vaccines from the very beginning. Bangladeshi diplomats keep communicating with the USA, the UK, Europe, China and other countries (for collecting Covid-19 vaccines), he said.

PMO Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Ashrayan-2 Project Director Md Mahbub Hossain were, among others, present.

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