With the third consignment from US, Bangladesh will get a total of 3.6 million doses of the vaccine
Bangladesh is set to receive 2.5 million more doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine under the Covax initiative.
The jabs will arrive on a National Airlines cargo flight at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport from Florida, US around 10:15 pm on Monday, confirmed Md Maidul Islam Pradhan, senior information officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare through a press release.
Earl R Miller, US ambassador to Bangladesh, Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, director general (DG) of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and other senior officials of the health sector will be 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.
So, Bangladesh has received a total of 49,429,940 doses of vaccines (AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Moderna and Pfizer). Of these, the first dose has been given to 24,197,598 people, while 16,033,971 others received the second dose as well.
Besides, a process to bring 20 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine each month is underway.
Apart from this, another process to procure 240 million doses of vaccine through the World Health Organisation is going on.
Bangladesh started administering the first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at three centres in Dhaka to fight off Covid-19 on June 21.
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.