WORLD Bangladesh approves purchase of a batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China

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Bangladesh approves purchase of a batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China

Xinhua

09:34, August 12, 2021

DHAKA, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government has approved the purchase of a batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China.

A medical worker inoculates a woman with a dose of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 19, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

Bangladesh's Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) Affairs at a meeting approved the purchase on Wednesday.

Shamsul Arefin, a senior Cabinet Division official, told journalists after the meeting that Bangladesh will buy the vaccines from China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).

The Bangladeshi government has recently launched countrywide a mass vaccination drive following the surging COVID-19 positivity rate in parts of Bangladesh since June.

Bangladesh reported 10,420 new COVID-19 cases and 237 more deaths on Wednesday, making the case tally at 13,86,742 and death toll at 23,398, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

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