Bangladesh receives 45 lakh doses of Moderna, Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine from USA and China
Dhaka, July 3: The combined doses of coronavirus vaccine received by Bangladesh from China and the USA have totaled 45 lakh on Saturday. While the USA sent 25 lakh doses of the Moderna vaccine through the COVAX facility, China sent the other 20 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.
On Saturday (July 3) at around 5:30 am, a shipment carrying 10 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, while 12.5 lakh doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 8:45 am.
As a result, another 45 lakh doses of the Moderna and Sinopharm vaccine have been added to the Bangladesh Immunization Fund.
Earlier, on Friday (July 2) at around 11:30 pm, 12.5 lakh doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the Shahjalal Airport. About an hour later, a plane landed with 10 lakh dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine at the same airport.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, US Ambassador to Dhaka Earl Robert Miller, Director General of the Department of Health and other senior officials were present at the airport for the official vaccination. In the morning, the responsible officials of the Ministry of Health and the Department were present to receive the second stage vaccination.
Dr Shahriar Sajjad, assistant director of the health department at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, said a total of 45 lakh doses of the vaccines had arrived in the country in four phases.