AstraZeneca Jabs: Japan sends 6.16 lakh more
Japan supplied over 6.16 lakh shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh yesterday. With this, 16.43 lakh doses of the Covid-19 vaccine arrived from Japan so far.
The consignments are part of a total of about 3 million doses that the Japanese government is providing to Bangladesh through the COVAX facility to meet the urgent needs of Bangladeshi people, who have long been waiting for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
About 15 lakh people had not received their second dose after India halted vaccine export amid severe infections in it since March.
Syed Mojibul Huq, additional secretary of the health ministry, and Japanese Ambassador to Dhaka ITO Naoki, among others, were present at a handover ceremony at the airport yesterday.
This vaccine support is expected to contribute to the Bangladesh government's efforts to prevent the spread of Covud-19 and to save people's lives in Bangladesh, said Japanese officials.
Japan hopes that a fair, equitable and comprehensive access to vaccines will be ensured in Bangladesh and reiterates that it will stand by Bangladesh in the fight against Covid-19 and will work together to curb the virus spread as soon as possible, Japanese embassy said in a statement.
In the statement, Ito Naoki said, "We are very happy to give the much-needed vaccines to Bangladesh. We hope we will be able to supply the rest of the three million vaccine within this month."