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Bangladesh to receive 10 lakh Pfizer vaccine jabs on Aug 30: Minister

Another 10 lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine from COVAX facility will reach Bangladesh on August 30, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Tuesday.

The Pfizer vaccine doses, gifted by the US, are scheduled to arrive at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 7:15 PM by a Qatar Airways flight, he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and the health minister will be present at the airport to receive the vaccine jabs.

Earlier, the health minister said Bangladesh will receive 60 lakh more Pfizer jabs from COVAX facility. Another 50 lakh doses will arrive in Bangladesh in phases by September, he said.

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 the US 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.  

Source: United News of Bangladesh