1.06 lakh doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine reach Dhaka
Published: 08:47 AM, 1 June 2021 Updated: 01:16 PM, 1 June 2021
The first consignment of 106,000 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Bangladesh on Monday night under the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX.
The vaccine shots arrived at 11:22 pm at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. Health department officials received the vaccine at the airport.
On May 27, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved emergency use of Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine in the country. The vaccine, produced by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV, is the fourth Covid-19 vaccine approved so far by the DGDA for emergency use in Bangladesh.
The other three are Covishield, produced by Serum Institute of India; Sputnik V, manufactured by Generium Joint Stock Company of Russia; and Sinopharm, produced by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd of China.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), and the World Health Organization are co-leads of the COVAX initiative for equitable global access to Covid-19 vaccines.