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8 lakh doses of vaccine arrive from Japan

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh on Saturday received some 781,320 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as the second consignment of the pledged three million doses of such jabs from Japan under COVAX framework.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received the Japan-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine from Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Naoki Ito at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) after a freight aircraft of ANA carrying the jabs landed here around 3:00 pm.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque and Senior Secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain Miah were also present at the airport. After receiving the vaccine, the foreign minister expressed his gratitude to the Japan government for the supply.

He said that Tokyo would send more than three million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in phases.

These consignments of vaccines are important for Bangladesh as around 1.5 million people are waiting for the second dose of this Oxford made vaccine, he added.

Japan will send around 30.5 lakh doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, while the third consignment of these Jabs will arrive here from Japan on August 3, Dr Momen said.

On Friday, Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Shahabuddin Ahmed saw off the second consignment of the vaccine at the Narita airport near Tokyo, according to the Bangladesh Embassy in Tokyo.

On July 24, Bangladesh received 245,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as the first consignment from Japan under the COVAX facilities.

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

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

Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said the government had already made a good lineup of getting more COVID-19 vaccines from different sources under COVAX along with commercial purchase to ensure steady supply of jabs for the countrymen.