Moderna gets emergency use authorisation in Bangladesh

Walmart pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine inside a Walmart department store as Walmart and other major US pharmacies take part in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, to increase vaccinations in the US in West Haven, Connecticut, US, February 17, 2021. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

Covid-19 vaccine Moderna was given emergency use authorisation in Bangladesh.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration gave the authorisation tonight.  This is the eighth vaccine to get emergency use authorisation in the country.

People above 18 years old can take the vaccine, stated a DGDA press release.

The second dose of the vaccine can be taken four weeks after the first dose, it said, adding that the vaccine can be stored in temperatures between -15 and -25 degree Celsius.

The authorisation comes as the United States began shipping 2.5 million doses of Moderna's Covid vaccine to Bangladesh on Tuesday, a White House official told AFP.