Staff Reporter: Beximco Pharmaceuticals is going to start selling corona virus vaccine in the country’s market at private level. Reuters has hinted that the activity may start next month.
At the private level, they said, the price per dose of vaccine would be around Tk 1,125 (১৩ 13.28). The UK-based news agency quoted Beximco’s chief operating officer (COO) Rabbur Raza as saying in a report on Tuesday.
Under an earlier agreement, Beximco bought 5 million doses of the vaccine from Seram for ড 4 a month. In the first six months of this year, Seram will supply a total of 30 million doses at a fixed price, which Beximco will sell to the government.
Rabbur Reza told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the Serum Institute would start providing vaccines for use in both public and private sectors later this month. People who want to get vaccinated should take two doses of the vaccine at breaks.
In an interview, Rabbu Reza further said that his company is buying about 3 million doses of Covishield vaccine from the Seram Institute of India for sale in the private market outside the government vaccination program. Beximco Pharmaceuticals will pay Serum Institute প্রতি 8 for each dose. The vaccine that Beximco is bringing from Serum to give to the government is almost double its price.
Rabbur Reza said that out of the 3 million doses of vaccine that they are planning to sell privately, the contract has already been completed for 1 million doses. Now his company is planning to collect another 20 lakh doses.
He said that according to the agreement signed in August 2020, Beximco Pharmaceuticals is the ‘exclusive distributor’ of vaccines produced by the Seram Institute in Bangladesh. Apart from this, preliminary discussions have also been held with other Indian vaccine manufacturers such as Biological E and Bharat Biotech. If the government wants, Beximco will also discuss other vaccines.
It is to be noted that India has already signed an agreement to collect 11 million doses of vaccine from Seram. To India, they are charging ৭ 2.83 per dose. However, the price of each dose is being kept at four dollars in Bangladesh. It will cost around 340 rupees in Bangladeshi currency.
According to Reuters, the price at which India is getting the vaccine from Seram is almost one and a half times (48 per cent) higher for Bangladesh. Five lakh 23 thousand 302 coronaviruses have been identified in Bangladesh so far. Of these, 6,603 people have died.
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