5m vaccines arrive from US, France, Canada
5m vaccines arrive from US, France, Canada

US donates another 1.78 million Pfizer vaccine doses to Bangladesh

Bangladesh has received a total of five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the US, France, and Canada.

The US government donated another 1.78 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh through the Covax initiative.

With this shipment, the US government has donated a total of 18.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh, a US embassy press release said on Sunday.

The donation will help the Bangladesh government expand Covid-19 vaccinations for young people, aged 12 and up, in all 64 districts.

Ambassador Earl R Miller said: “We are proud to donate another shipment of Pfizer vaccines and help Bangladesh keep up the momentum in getting as many people vaccinated as possible, especially the youth.”

“The United States will continue to donate millions more doses of the Pfizer vaccine and stand together with Bangladesh in its aim to vaccinate 40% of the country’s eligible population by the end of this year,” he added.

France donates 1.1m AZ vaccine

The government of France has donated 1,197,600 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh under the Covax arrangement as a gesture of solidarity to the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Emirates flight carrying the consignment landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday morning, said a press release.

This is in addition to a consignment of 2.06 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine the French gave to Bangladesh on November 29, 2021 through the Covax facility.

The government of France has made the sharing of Covid-19 vaccines one of its priorities, in solidarity with the countries hit by the pandemic and in order to help accelerate vaccination coverage on a global scale.

Canada donates 2.2m AZ vaccine

A consignment of 2.2 million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine arrived on Sunday as part of contributions from Canada through Covax facility.

“Canada’s commitment to ensuring everyone everywhere has access to these lifesaving vaccines is how we’ll end this pandemic, together,” said Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Prefontaine.

Through vaccine sharing, he said, relations between Bangladesh and Canada will be further strengthened.

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