The Chinese company had originally put up the proposal to Bangladesh through the Dhaka based International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr’b). Government granted final clearance for the clinical trial on August 27. An official of the icddr’b told BSS that it is now entirely up to the government to decide if they will agree to the co-financing proposal as there was no mention of it in the original proposal of the Chinese company.
Under the agreement before the co-financing was sought, Bangladesh would have got one lakh vaccines for free. It would also have got priority to purchase adequate quantum of vaccines from the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech.
By Rajesh Jha