Bangladesh government has proposed to buy four-five crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine by December from China, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque.
"We have made a special request to China, so they phase out a plan for the vaccine delivery starting from June/July instead of December," the minister said in a press briefing at the state guest house Padma on Tuesday.
Responding to reporters, he said that vaccine layout can be planned only after we get the Chinese government's response to the proposal.
About the 5 lakh doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine gifted by China, the minister said, "We will use that keeping in mind the availability of the second doses."
Earlier on Monday, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming announced that 5 lakh doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine will reach Bangladesh on 12 May as a "special gift" and said his country will stand with Bangladesh in the anti-pandemic cooperation.