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Bangladesh gets 3.36 lakh J&J jabs from US

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh received some 3.36 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson from the United States government as gift.

“We have got 3 lakh and 36 thousand doses of the Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine from the US on Thursday under the COVAX facility,” Dr Shamsul Haque, member secretary of the National Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Committee, told the Daily Sun.

The consignment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at noon on Thursday. Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) officials received the vaccine.

The DGHS sources said the vaccine imanufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson, is a single-dose vaccine, so one shot can fully vaccinate one person.

The vaccines have come to the country under the COVAX arrangement as another consignment of more than three lakh shots of the same vaccine is expected to come soon.

This brings the total number of US vaccine donations to more than 28.6 million with many millions more on the way, said USAID Bangladesh in a Facebook post.

"With infections on the rise, we will stand together with Bangladesh to provide life-saving vaccines alongside training and logistics support to get shots in arms across the country", added the statement.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has issued emergency use authorisation (EUA) to Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine "Janssen" in the country on June 15 last year.