The cabinet committee on economic affairs in a meeting on Wednesday approved purchase of COVID-19 vaccine following direct purchase method.
Cabinet division additional secretary Abdu Saleh Mostafa Kamal told reporters after the meeting that the committee agreed in principal with the proposal to procure the vaccine without any tender for emergency.
He said that the price and number of doses could be known when the ministry would seek approval from the cabinet committee on national purchases.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs meeting was chaired by law minister Anisul Huq.
It has been reported that three crore doses vaccine of the Oxford-developed COVID-19 from Serum Institute of India through its local vendor Beximco Pharmaceuticals to be distributed among the frontline fighters, elderly people and children for free.
The finance ministry has already disbursed a fund of Tk 735.77 crore for the vaccine procurement.