Health Desk- 28 Aug 2020: The government has given approval to the phase 3 trial of a Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh, developed by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque made the announcement during an online press briefing on Thursday afternoon, following an online meeting with top officials of the Chinese embassy in Dhaka.
“We have given approval for a human trial of the Covid-19 vaccine after examining all necessary research protocols,” the minister said at the briefing.
He did not specify when the trial would begin, but said it would begin soon.
The health minister further said that he had a detailed meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming. The minister told the ambassador to start the process for the trial.
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) will provide logistical support in conducting the trial in the country.