Inoculation of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which has arrived in the country recently, will begin within next 10 days.
“A particular diluter is required to convert the Pfizer vaccine to active vaccine. The diluter is expected to arrive on June 6 from Covax. After completing the rest of the formalities, we hope to start providing the vaccine in 7 to 10 days,” Dr Nazmul Islam, spokesperson of the DGHS said at its health bulletin on Wednesday.Mentioning that more than one lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine have arrived in Dhaka, he said the vaccine is being stored in the capital. “This is a special type of vaccine. It has to be stored at a temperature of minus 90 degrees Celsius,” he said.
"Whenever a final decision is made, how many will be given to which institutions, we will inform this number later. The authorities concerned are working to decide on the recipients and where the vaccination will take place as the number of shots is very limited. Those who have registered earlier will be given the vaccine on the priority basis," the DGHS official said.
He said the vaccination centres for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be decided based on the distance of where the vaccines are stored and availability of experienced manpower.
Earlier on May 31, a consignment of 1,00,620 doses of the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine reached Dhaka under the international vaccine alliance Gavi under its worldwide vaccination initiative Covax.
On 27 May, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in Bangladesh, removing all legal barriers to the import and use of this vaccine.