Bangladesh will receive 1.008 million shots of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines under the COVAX programme, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in a message to media on Friday.
"We are getting 1 million 800 AstraZeneca vaccine soon under the COVAX facility,” he said in a short message sent by his press official to the media.“The AstraZeneca vaccine doses will arrive soon.”
These doses have been allocated from COVAX supply. COVAX has not mentioned the source of this supply of AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh, the message added.
Foreign Ministry officials said Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States M Shahidul Islam conveyed the development to the Foreign Minister.
Bangladesh has been seeking 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the US and other countries, who have huge stockpiles, to meet the shortage of ongoing vaccination of the second does. On June 3, the White House announced its plan to share vaccines directly with Bangladesh as part of a framework to provide 80 million US vaccine doses globally by the end of the month. This includes 7 million doses destined for Asia.
COVAX is one of three pillars of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which was launched in April by the World Health Organization (WHO) and brought together governments, global health organisations, manufacturers, scientists, private sector, civil society and philanthropy, with the aim of providing innovative and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.