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US gives 6m more doses of Pfizer vaccine

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 9 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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US gives 6m more doses of Pfizer vaccine

The United States has donated an additional 6 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh via COVAX.

These are just the latest donations of Pfizer vaccines from the American people and bring the total US government’s vaccine contribution to more than 45 million free doses, with millions more scheduled to arrive over the coming months, said the US Embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday.

This latest donation enables Bangladesh to continue expanding immunisations in hard-to-reach areas and provide boosters for vulnerable citizens, it said.

“With this latest wave of donations, the United States continues to work closely with Bangladesh to vaccinate as many people as possible and accelerate efforts to provide people in hard-to-reach areas of the country with life-saving vaccines,” said US Chargé d’Affaires here Helen LaFave.

In addition to vaccine donations, the US continues to work closely with Bangladesh to support the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign and strengthen the response to the pandemic.

It has given training to over 7,000 healthcare providers on the proper management and administration of vaccines along with support for cold-chain storage and transportation.

To date, the US has contributed over $121 million in Covid-related development and humanitarian assistance through USAID, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This assistance has saved lives and treated individuals infected with Covid-19, strengthened testing capacity and monitoring, enhanced case management and infection prevention and control practices, and improved supply chain and logistics management systems. 

The US support has also protected front-line workers and increased people’s knowledge on how to better protect themselves from infections.

The US has donated $4 billion to support the worldwide COVAX effort, which includes support for ultra-cold chain storage, transportation, and safe handling of Covid-19 vaccines, making the country the world’s largest donor for equitable global Covid-19 vaccine access.