Another 5 million doses of Sinopharm Covid vaccine to reach Dhaka soon?

File photo of the Covid-19 vaccine made by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group (CNBG), taken on April 15, 2021, Reuters

With the new consignment, China will have supplied some 25 million doses of the vaccine to Bangladesh

Another five million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Dhaka Saturday.

The shipment left Tianjin Binhai International Airport on Friday night, the Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh said in a Facebook post.

With the new consignment, China will have supplied around 25 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has so far received Sinopharm vaccine doses from China as gifts, under the Covax facility and commercial purchase.

On August 16, Bangladesh, China, and Incepta Vaccine Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding on the coproduction of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh is now administering vaccines developed by four companies — AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Sinopharm.

Around 21.85 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; of them, some 14.39 million have taken both doses, the latest DGHS data show.

The health authorities in Bangladesh have administered around 18.8 million doses of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to date.

Coronavirus has so far claimed 27,147 lives and infected more than 1.5 million people in Bangladesh since the start of the pandemic last year.

Covid-19 vaccines cannot offer 100% protection, but when more people are inoculated there is less opportunity for the virus to infect and spread, say health experts.

Getting vaccinated can prevent severe cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.