Pfizer vaccines reach Dhaka

The first batch of 106 thousand doses of the Pfizer corona vaccine arrived in Dhaka Monday night under the global vaccine initiative Covax facility.

A regular flight of Emirates landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:10pm with the doses and Md Shamsul Haque, a line director at the Directorate General of Health Services, received them, Nasrin Akhter, a medical officer at the airport’s health centre, confirmed.

Covax, the facility set up by the World Health Organisation and several non-profits to deliver corona vaccines to developing nations, is working in partnership with Unicef, vaccine manufacturers, the World Bank, and others.

On May 27, the Directorate General of Drug Administration approved the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine.

So far four vaccines — Oxford-AstraZeneca (Covishield), Sputnik-V, Sinopharm, and Pfizer-BioNTech — have got emergency use authorisation in the country.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was the first coronavirus jab to show promising results in the latter stages of its testing process.

It is a new type called an mRNA vaccine that uses a tiny fragment of genetic code from the pandemic virus to teach the body how to fight Covid-19 and build immunity.

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised the storage of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at standard refrigerator temperatures for up to one month, to make the vaccine more widely available.


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