| 21 Jan 2021, 10:53 | Update : 21 Jan 2021, 10:57
The corona vaccine worth 20 lakh doses which are being sent by Indian government as a gift for Bangladesh will reach at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital on Thursday afternoon on a special flight of Air India.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque will receive the consignment of vaccine being present at the airport. From there the vaccine will be kept at the store house of Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) at Tejgaon in the capital.
Besides, the first consignment of 50 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine which were bought by the government from India’s Serum Institute will reach in the country on January 25.
Secretary of Health Services Division, Abdul Mannan in a press conference on Wednesday said, on the first stage 400 to 500 people will be given vaccine at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Kurmitola General Hospital, Mugda General Hospital and Kuwait Moitree Hospital. Then the authority will stop vaccination process for one week according to the protocol of World Health Organization (WHO). Then the vaccination will start across the country.
According to the health services division sources, at first the corona vaccine will be given to 20-25 health workers who are working to serve the corona patients and other people of different classes and professionals.