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US announces another 14mn Pfizer jabs for Bangladesh

US announces another 14mn Pfizer jabs for Bangladesh

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The US administration has declared another 14 million Pfizer vaccine doses for Bangladesh under the COVAX Facility, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday.

"It's good news," he said in a message from Paris mentioning that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken moderated a high-level ministerial virtual meeting on Covid-19 and beyond on Wednesday.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister and his 25 other counterparts took part in it.

Bangladesh demanded that vaccines be made public good affordable to all countries, and pharmaceutical companies like that of Bangladesh be encouraged and assisted to produce it locally.

Dr Momen disclosed that Bangladesh has distributed 78 million doses, including the first dose of 46 million and 32 million as the second dose.

He said Bangladesh needs more doses to vaccinate at least 80% of their 165 million people.

The good news is, Dr Momen said, the Covid-19 infection rate in Bangladesh is now around 1% as only two people died yesterday and the day before yesterday only one died of Covid-19.