Over 1 lakh doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive today
Published: 10:39 AM, 30 May 2021 Updated: 02:13 PM, 30 May 2021
A consignment of 1,00,620 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is set to arrive in Bangladesh on Sunday.
A flight of Qatar Airlines carrying the shots is expected to land at 11:20 pm, according to a press release issued by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
Bangladesh will receive the Pfizer doses via the World Health Organisation's Covax scheme.
Earlier on May 27, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved the emergency use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
Recently two other vaccines - Sputnik V produced by Generium Joint Stock Company of Russia, and Sinopharm produced by Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd of China - got approval of DGDA for emergency use in Bangladesh.
Earlier on January 7, DGDA approved the emergency use of Covishield vaccine, also known as SARS Cov-2 AZD1222, Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, produced by Serum Institute of India.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was the first coronavirus jab to show promising results in the latter stages of its testing process.