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US donates 2.5m more Pfizer jabs to Bangladesh 

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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US donates 2.5m more Pfizer jabs to Bangladesh 

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A consignment of 2.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived in Dhaka from the US early Tuesday.

This latest shipment of the Pfizer vaccines arrived via chartered cargo aircraft during the early morning hours at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital from Florida of the US.  

Officials of health ministry, Directorate General of Health Services, Central Medical Stores Depot and HSIA were present during the arrival of the vaccines, health ministry sources said.

Bangladesh got 25 lakh (2.5 million) more doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine under the COVAX facility, the sources added.

With the arrival of this shipment, the United States has now donated a total of 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh to date, the US embassy said.

US Ambassador Earl R. Miller welcomed the arrival of 2.5 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh, a gift from the American people. 

“These Pfizer vaccines will help Bangladesh continue to expand vaccination eligibility requirements and reach many more people, including youth,” said U.S. ambassador in Dhaka Miller.  This delivery of Pfizer vaccines comes as part of the broader commitment by the United States to lead the global COVID-19 response by donating 1 billion doses of Pfizer vaccine around the world – free of charge – through 2022. 

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 government’s response to the pandemic.