Govt allocates Tk 600 crore to buy Covid-19 vaccines
Published : Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 at 6:42 PM Count : 325
The government has allocated Tk 600 crore to buy Covid-19 vaccines for the country's people, the cabinet secretary has said.
"Poor people who don't have the financial ability to buy vaccines will definitely get it for free," Khandker Anwarul Islam told a press briefing at the secretariat on Wednesday afternoon, following the weekly cabinet meeting.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who chaired the meeting, joined it virtually from her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka, while other ministers and secretaries joined from their offices in secretariat.
The cabinet secretary said: "No company can assure us when the vaccine will be available in the market. But we have been informed that it may come by June 2021."
"We have been communicating with every country and company that are producing the vaccine. God willing, we will get it when it hits the market," he added.
Responding to a question, Anwarul said the issues — how and when — regarding distribution will be fixed after the purchase of the vaccine.
He also said there is little possibility that the vaccine will be free at the beginning, as the whole world is in a competition to invent it.
Free vaccine may come later in coordination and association with GAVI, the vaccine alliance, he hoped.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque also informed the cabinet about how the health authorities will combat the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic — which until Wednesday killed 5,440 people across Bangladesh.