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106,000 Pfizer vaccines to arrive tonight

The first consignment of 106,000 doses of Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine is expected to arrive in Bangladesh tonight under the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX.

“We are hoping that 1,06000 shots of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine under COVAX scheme will reach Bangladesh at 11.30 pm tonight, ” Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam told BSS.

On May 27, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved emergency use of Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine in the country.

The vaccine produced by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine approved so far by the DGDA for emergency use in Bangladesh.

The other three are: Covishield produced by Serum Institute of India; Sputnik V manufactured by Generium Joint Stock Company of Russia; and Sinopharm produced by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd of China.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), and the World Health Organization are co-leads of the COVAX initiative for equitable global access to Covid-19 vaccines.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)