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Bangladesh gets another 3m Moderna vaccine doses from US

  • News Desk
    Published: 2021-07-19 22:22:42 BdST

A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021. REUTERS

Bangladesh has received another 3 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States for protection against COVID-19.

The consignment arrived by a Qatar Airways flight at Shahjalal International Airport on Monday as part of the COVAX international vaccine-sharing programme, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Altogether, Bangladesh has so far received 5.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine from the US, with more expected to come in the months ahead.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque, who received the latest batch at the airport, thanked the US for the support.

Bangladesh started its mass vaccination campaign in February, using the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca, bought under an agreement with the Serum Institute of India.

But the agreement for the doses fell through after the pandemic situation in India worsened dramatically and put a halt to vaccine exports.

The inoculation drive resumed after the government received consignments of Sinopharm vaccine from China, and Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines under COVAX. Pfizer and Moderna are US firms while BioNTech is German.  

The health minister said the government is expecting big consignments of total 12.9 million vaccine doses in August as well, including 1.29 million AstraZeneca shots, 4 million of Sinopharm and 6 million of Johnson & Johnson, which is also a US company.