India officially hands over 20 lakh Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh
Dhaka/UNI: India officially handed over 20 lakh vaccines for Novel Coronavirus to Bangladesh as a gift on Thursday.
India handed over the gift to Bangladesh at a function held at the state guest house Padma, at around 1330 hrs.
Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Vikram Doraiswamy handed over two boxes of COVID-19 tickers to Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Malek separately.
India handed over 20 lakh doses of Covishield to Bangladesh, which has been developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India
An Air India plane carrying the vaccine doses landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, at around 1100 hrs.
Apart from the gift note, there was an agreement between the Government of Bangladesh, the Serum Institute of India and Beximco Pharma.
The Bangladesh government will not give this Covid vaccine to anyone without online registration. Vaccination drills or dry runs will be held at four hospitals in the capital, later this month.
The Health department is preparing to launch a nationwide vaccination campaign in the first week of February.
Initially, private companies are not allowed to vaccinate.