Dhaka, Jan. 14 -- The government will look for alternative sources for procuring Covid-19 vaccine if the Indian antidote is found costly, says finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.

"We will check the price of vaccine in the international market and what we are paying. We can try to control it," he said on Wednesday after the virtual meeting of the cabinet committee on government purchase in the capital.

The minister's remarks came amid widespread criticism that Bangladesh is buying vaccine at 47 per cent higher than the Indian government pays for it.

Local drugmaker Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd on November 5 signed a deal with Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd to collect and supply 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to the government. ...