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2.8m more vaccine jabs to reach Dhaka by Aug

Says Japanese envoy

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito on Saturday said Bangladesh will receive 2.8 million more Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine jabs by next month.   

“Japan will send 2.8 million more vaccine doses for Bangladesh within a month,” he said.

Naoki Ito made the statement after handing over some 245,200 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in the capital. 

Addressing the vaccine handover programme, Momen said Japan is supposed to send more than three million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine under COVAX facilities in phases.

“On behalf of Bangladesh, I would like to express our gratitude to Japan government and its people for the (vaccine) supply in this critical period,” he said.  

Dr Momen said earlier Japan announced they would send 29 lakh doses of vaccine to Bangladesh, but later they added 1.5 lakh more doses, raising the total volume to around 30.5 lakh.  

The FM also revealed the second consignment consisting nearly five lakh of the vaccine doses will arrive here on Friday next.  

Dr Momen said this consignment of vaccine is important for Bangladesh as around 1.5 million people are waiting for the second dose of this Oxford-made vaccine.    

Bangladesh has so far received 1.2 crore doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII). 

The minister said the government has already had a strong lineup for getting more Covid-19 vaccines from different sources under COVAX along with commercial purchase to ensure steady supply of jabs for the countrymen.

“We hope there will be no shortage of vaccine in the country in next several months,” he said.  

COVAX, a global initiative directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines. 

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Health Service Division Secretary Lokman Hossin Mia were also present at the airport.