Dhaka – The government has approved over 4,314 crore takas for a project be implemented for the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Bangladesh, officials said on Tuesday.
The procurement of the vaccines, its preservation and distribution are the components of the project. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council at a meeting headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave the approval of the project.
The government has projected an expenditure of 3,030 crore taka until June this year to procure the vaccine while the rest of the amount will be spent in phases under the project titled “Covid-19 Emergency Response and Pandemic Preparedness”.
The meeting was informed that the vaccines would be available between February and December this year. But the source of the vaccine was not mentioned in the project document.
Earlier in the last year, the health ministry had said that Bangladesh would get the vaccine produced by some of the global companies by January this year. But it has become uncertain after Serum Institute of India, with which a Bangladeshi company signed an agreement to import 30 million doses, hinted that the authorities would prefer suspension of its export for the first couple of months to meet India’s domestic demand.
Azizur Rahman Siddique, the head of the project, said that the approval of the project by the ECNEC is good news for the whole nation. “We are hopeful that the economy will bounce back once the project is implemented,” he told reporters in Dhaka after the meeting, which was also attended by senior cabinet ministers.
He informed the World Bank has provided 50 crore dollar to support Bangladesh to procure the vaccine.
Bangladesh has been preparing a nationwide vaccination campaign strategy to implement it up to the grassroots.