Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque today urged all to refrain from spreading rumours over vaccines, as it is one of the lifesaving tools.
The minister made the remarks while talking to reporters after receiving 20 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India and licensed from Oxford University and AstraZeneca.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the Covid-19 vaccine doses to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a ceremony at State Guesthouse Padma this afternoon.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam was, among others, present.
The health minister expressed satisfaction over the vaccine management as Bangladesh has prior experience in vaccination.
The minister said the government is planning to carry out a trial of vaccination programme within the next six-seven days.
Zahid Maleque said another 50 lakh doses of the vaccine from India are expected to arrive within this month.
He said 50 lakh doses of vaccine are scheduled to arrive in each of the next six months as per the agreement.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the first vaccination progamme through a videoconference.
He thanked the Indian government, Indian prime minister and the people of India for staying beside Bangladesh both in times of happiness and sorrow.
"It's an important moment. We're very delighted today. We've received the vaccine and taken it to our store. It's proved today that friends help each other in need," he said.