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Pfizer vaccine arrive tonight

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:32 AM, 31 May 2021  

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A consignment of 1,00,620 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Bangladesh on Monday night, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said. 

Earlier, a flight of Qatar Airlines carrying the shots was set to land at 11:20 pm on Sunday. However, in a regular bulletin on coronavirus on that afternoon, spokesperson and line director of DGHS Prof Dr Robed Amin said that 100,620 doses of Pfizer vaccine did not arrive.

According to the DGHS, confusion over the issue was made as the specific flight to carry the shots was not available. However, the vaccines will reach Dhaka on Monday night as the transportation problem has been resolved. 

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.