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2.5 million more Pfizer Covid vaccine doses arrive in Bangladesh

With the third consignment from US, Bangladesh gets a total of 3.6 million doses of the vaccine

Update : 28 Sep 2021, 10:05 AM

Bangladesh has received 2.5 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine under the Covax initiative.

The jabs arrived on a Maldivian airline flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Florida, US around 5am on Tuesday, said a press release from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Officials of the ministry, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Central Medical Stores Depot (CMSD) and airport authorities were present at the airport to receive the vaccines.

Previously, Bangladesh received 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccine in the first phase and 1,003,860 doses in the second phase form US under the Covax facilities. With the third consignment, Bangladesh gets a total of 3.6 million doses of the vaccine.

The country started administering the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at three centres in Dhaka to fight off Covid-19 on June 21.

So far, Bangladesh has also received some 49.4 million doses of AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines under the Covax facility, reports UNB.

The United States said it is committed to leading the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic and they will begin this summer the allocation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine it is providing to Gavi for distribution by Covax to countries around the world.

US President Joe Biden reaffirmed this commitment by announcing that his country will donate 80 million doses of vaccines to support global needs. 

The US is working with its G7 partners, the EU, Covax, and others in a multilateral effort focused on saving lives, ending the pandemic, and supporting the global economic recovery.  

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