The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has given No Objection Certificate (NOC) to import Oxford-AstraZeneca invented Corona vaccine for emergency use.
Major General Mahbubur Rahman, Director General of DGDA confirmed the information to Rtv news on Monday.
Earlier in a press briefing at the secretariat Health Minister Zahid Maleque expressed hope that there will be no problem to get Corona vaccine from India as there remains an international agreement.
He said, as the news of imposing ban by India came, our foreign minister contacted the external affairs ministry of India. We had discussion with Indian High Commissioner. Besides, we had conversation to the officials of Beximco, the local agent of Serum Institute. Following the situation we are hopeful that there will be no problem to get the Corona vaccine.
Mentionable, there is an agreement between Bangladesh government, Beximco pharmaceuticals and Serum Institute of India to buy three crore doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
According to the agreement Bangladesh will get this vaccine in six months- 50 lakh doses per month. The government will provide the vaccine free of cost. Besides, Beximco will import 30 lakh doses of vaccine under private initiative- which will cost 1,200 taka per dose.