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Bangladesh to get 10.8 lakh AstraZeneca doses from COVAX: Maleque

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:48 PM, 11 June 2021   Updated: 08:27 PM, 11 June 2021

Health Minister Zahid Maleque

Health Minister Zahid Maleque

Bangladesh will get some 10.8 lakh doses of AstraZeneca vaccine by August 2021, said Health Minister Dr. Zahid Maleque.

The minister came up with the development on Friday evening.

Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said AstraZeneca vaccine doses have been allocated under the COVAX supply.

He said the COVAX program has not mentioned the source of this supply of AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Bangladesh. The AstraZeneca vaccine doses will arrive soon, Dr. Momen said. 

Bangladesh Ambassador to the US conveyed the development to the Foreign Minister. 

Bangladesh earlier sought 2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine doses from the US for addressing Bangladesh's immediate needs but the US is yet to reply on that particular request. 

On June 3, the White House announced its plan to share vaccines directly with Bangladesh as part of a framework to provide 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally by the end of the month. This includes 7 million doses destined for Asia.