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US donates 60 lakh more Pfizer vaccine doses to Bangladesh, millions more to arrive soon

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 8th February, 2022 05:08:40 PM
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The United States has donated an additional six million (60 lakh) doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh via COVAX.

These are just the latest donations of Pfizer vaccines from the American people and bring the total US government vaccine contribution to more than 45 million (4.5 crore) free doses, with millions more scheduled to arrive over the coming months.

This latest donation enables Bangladesh to continue expanding immunisations in hard-to-reach areas and provide boosters to vulnerable citizens, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday (Feb 8).

“With this latest wave of donations, the United States continues to work closely with Bangladesh to vaccinate as many people as possible and accelerate efforts to provide people in hard-to-reach areas of the country with life-saving vaccines,” said US Chargé d’Affaires Helen LaFave.

In addition to vaccine donations, the United States continues to work closely with Bangladesh to support the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign and strengthen the response to the pandemic. 

The United States has provided training to over 7,000 healthcare providers on the proper management and administration of vaccines, along with support for cold-chain storage and transportation. 

To date, the United States has contributed over $121 million in COVID-related development and humanitarian assistance through USAID, the Us Department of Defense, the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

This assistance has saved lives and treated individuals infected with COVID-19, strengthened testing capacity and monitoring, enhanced case management and infection prevention and control practices, and improved supply chain and logistics management systems. 

US support has also protected front line workers and increased the public’s knowledge on how to better protect themselves from infection.

The United States has donated $4 billion to support the worldwide COVAX effort, which includes support for ultra-cold chain storage, transportation, and safe handling of COVID-19 vaccines, making the United States the world’s largest donor for equitable global COVID-19 vaccine access.