The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) DG Dr ABM Khurshid Alam today said that the administration of the Pfizer and Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine will commence from next week.
He said this while talking to reporters after visiting the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in the capital.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, six lakh doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, gifted by China, arrived at Bangabandhu airbase in Dhaka's Kurmitola area.
On 31 May, a consignment of 1,00,620 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine reached Dhaka, via the international vaccine alliance Gavi under its worldwide vaccination initiative Covax.
Prior to that, India had gifted 32 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh in phases over the past few months and in May China gifted five lakh doses of its Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine.
Bangladesh also signed a deal to procure the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine from China according to Health Minister Zahid Maleque. He, however, did not disclose anything more on the issue – such as the date of the deal and the price of the doses.