India to gift 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Bangladesh

India will provide 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as a gift to Bangladesh. The vaccine is expected to arrive in Bangladesh on Thursday. The officials of the Health Ministry of Bangladesh are making preparations for receiving the vaccines from India.  This will be in addition to 30 million doses of the vaccine for which a tripartite agreement has been done between Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Serum Institute of India and the government of Bangladesh.

Health Minister of Bangladesh Zahid Maleque told the media in Dhaka today that the vaccination program will begin with the doses gifted by India.  He said about 2 lakh people will be vaccinated on a daily basis. The Health Ministry has made elaborate arrangements for the vaccination programme. More than 7 thousand teams of health workers are being deployed all over the country. Training programmes are being conducted for them for the roll out of the vaccination programme from the first week of February. Taking the cooperation in fighting COVID-19 further, India and Bangladesh are working together to train the trainers for the start of the vaccination programme. 

The inaugural virtual programme for the training of the trainer was conducted on tuesday. The vaccination programme will be conducted in hospitals and diagnostic centres. The government has said that it will bear the cost of treatment in case any adverse effect of the vaccine is reported.