Covid-19 vaccines: 30 lakh Sinopharm doses reach Bangladesh
A total of 30 lakh Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine doses arrived in Bangladesh between this morning and last night.
Three separate flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines brought the vaccines in three separate flights from China, Tahera Khondoker, deputy general manager, public relations, Biman, told The Daily Star.
The first flight landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 10:15pm last night. The second flight arrived at around 1:14 am yesterday. And the third flight arrived at 5:37am today.
With this, China has sent a total of seven million Sinopharm vaccines to Bangladesh in three consignments.
A total of four million doses of Sinopharm vaccine came to Dhaka from China in the first two consignments.
In the first and third week of July, the national airliner brought the vaccines to the country through four flights.
The government has bought 1.5 crore vaccines in three months from China's Sinopharm. Bangladesh will get another eight million doses of vaccine from Sinopharm.
Apart from this, China has given 11 lakh vaccines of Sinopharm as a gift to Bangladesh in two phases.
Tahera Khondoker said that after the flights landed at the Dhaka Airport yesterday and today, Biman provided all kinds of ground handling facilities.
Three state-of-the-art Dreamliner of Biman's fleet left Dhaka for China on July 29 to bring three million doses of vaccine to the country. Among them, two were 787-8s and another was 787-9.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has taken steps to bring these vaccines to the country through special arrangements at the required temperature with utmost caution, Biman said last night in a press release.
It said the airline was transporting vaccines, ventilators and other protective equipment at an affordable cost during the Coronavirus pandemic, following international aviation policy and the World Health Organization's safety policy.