Pfizer vaccination begins

The health authorities in Bangladesh has started administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, received under the Covax scheme, from Monday.

Md Shamsul Haque, a line director of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said during a daily bulletin on Sunday that 360 people will get the jabs on Monday at three vaccination centres in Dhaka as part of a dry run.

The vaccine will be administered at the Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and the Kurmitola General Hospital.

A total of 120 people will be administered the vaccine at each centre, said DGHS Line Director Haque.

“The regular inoculation will start after an observation period of 7 to 10 days,” he said before adding a few other centres will start administering the vaccine then.

On May 31, Bangladesh received a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the first under the international vaccine-sharing platform Covax.

The vaccine’s preservation temperature ranges between -90°C and -60°C. However, it can remain stable for five days at 2°C to 8°C and for two hours at 30°C, according to health authorities.

It is the third vaccine Bangladesh is using in its inoculation drive against the coronavirus.

The country has administered around 10 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

A drive to administer over 1 million Sinopharm shots as gift from China is going on.


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