Major General Mahbubur Rahman, director general of Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Drug Administration, made the announcement at a press conference Thursday in the capital Dhaka.
“We’ve issued emergency use approval for the Chinese-made jab.”
Mahbubur Rahman further said hopefully within 1-1.5 weeks, Bangladesh will receive a batch of Sinopharm vaccine as a gift.
The country’s drug regulator had earlier cleared the emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
Shahida Akhter, a senior Cabinet Division official, said Wednesday that several leading Bangladeshi pharmaceutical firms in collaboration with the Chinese and Russian companies will produce the vaccines.
The decisions came days after Dhaka suspended the first dosing of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on a supply crunch.
Amid uncertainty over the timely arrival of the next COVID-19 vaccine shipment from India, the Bangladeshi government halted administering the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine across the country from Monday.
Nearly six million people have so far received the first dose of the vaccine in Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive on Jan. 28 to rein in the pandemic that has so far spread to nearly every Bangladeshi district.
To limit the second wave of the pandemic, Bangladesh on Wednesday extended the ongoing lockdown again by one week to May 5.