Economic Affairs Committee approves proposal on producing Chinese, Russian vaccines

A Cabinet committee has approved a proposal on producing Chinese and Russian vaccines – Sinopharm and Sputnik V- in the country.

The approval was given in a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, with Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in chair today.

Briefing the reporters virtually after the meeting, Mustafa Kamal said that the approval for producing Chinese and Russian vaccines has been given and at the same time, the government will pursue procuring vaccines from the country’s primary source – Serum Institute.

After the meeting, Additional Secretary of the Cabinet Division Dr Sahida Akter said the cost of the vaccine production can be known after the proposal is placed before the purchase committee.

The meeting also approved another proposal for procuring RT-PCR test kits and PCR lab under the Direct Procurement Method (DPM) through the Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) under the Health Services Division.

The committee also approved the proposal of purchasing health care equipment and medical equipment under DPM through the CMSD under the Health Services Division.