In addition to Oxford AstraZeneca, the government is pushing for the final approval of the vaccines in a short time following the recommendation of Nightag (National Immunization Technical Advisory Group) to import and use six more vaccines in the country. A meeting of Nighttag on Thursday reviewed the overall aspects of the 12 tickers approved for emergency use in the world so far and advised the government to consider the applications of various organizations in the country. In addition to importing two of these vaccines, the government can allow production if it wants. Efforts have been made by the government as well as various importing pharmaceutical companies to take the process forward. Even on Friday, some companies contacted various levels of government to get the permits in a day or two. Several companies have requested a separate letter from the government directly to the company that invented and manufactured the vaccine.
Kaler Kantha was told from the responsible level of such an organization that the concerned vaccine manufacturer of the country from which they have applied to the government for vaccination wants the Bangladesh government to send their letter. Because the company had been showing interest in vaccinating Bangladesh since January through this local agent, but then the Bangladesh government did not show interest.
A senior official at another local pharmaceutical company told Kaler Kanth, “It would be very important if the government approves us and at the same time sends a separate letter to the company from which we will get the vaccine.” Because we are just their agent and a commercial organization. They will consider the matter with us that way. It may be too late to bring the vaccine to the country. And the company has already informed us that it will take special consideration if it receives a letter from the government. ‘
“We have plans on how to bring the vaccines, how to preserve them after they are brought into the country, and how to give them to the people,” the official said. Hopefully, with the government’s approval and letter, the next process can be completed and the vaccine can reach the country within a month. ‘
Meanwhile, an official of the Ministry of Health in charge of vaccination told Kaler Kanth, “We are now giving utmost importance to the issue of vaccination. Even on the day of closure, we are keeping in touch with them at different levels and taking various steps forward. ‘He added,’ Those vaccines will be approved in two-three days. However, it may take some time to complete the production agreement with the two countries. However, we have already made a policy decision.
Note that the six vaccines include the vaccines of Modernna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Spunik V of Russia and two Chinese companies. It is learned that the contract process for importing the vaccine from Spunik V and a Chinese company as well as local production is almost in the final stage. In this case, the country’s four largest pharmaceutical companies are working to produce the two vaccines in the country. It is learned that the government is trying to reach an agreement between the institutions. Discussions were going on till yesterday that two or three companies could go for joint production of a single vaccine.
Meanwhile, sources of several companies said that in January-February, when some companies came forward to export vaccines to Bangladesh on their own initiative, they wanted lower vaccine prices. Now that the government has shown interest, they are expecting those companies to raise prices a little more than before. Vaccines made in the United States were priced between থেকে 15 and তখন 40 at the time, but can now go up to থেকে 20 to ৫০ 50 or more.