Momen optimistic to overcome vaccine shortage ‘soon’

Foreign Minister Abdul Momen reiterated that Bangladesh would overcome the vaccine shortage ‘soon’ as Dhaka gets assurance more jabs from Covax framework.

“We are working hard … there will be no difficulties over vaccine (supply),” he told reporters at his  residence  on Tuesday adding that the promised vaccine are coming through Covax arrangement.

The foreign minister said that Japan would send 2.9 million doses AstraZeneca vaccine instead of earlier pledged 2.5 million under Covax.It will help to vaccinate those 1.5 million people who are awaiting to get second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, he added.

Referring to the Bangladesh envoy in Geneva, the minister said that Dhaka would get three million doses of Moderna vaccine under Covax.This shipment is ready to send here, he said, adding that Dhaka has already received 2.5 million such jabs doses earlier under the same initiative.

Dr Momen said that Bangladesh will also receive one million doses of COVID vaccine from the European Union (EU) while Dhaka is scheduled to get another 60,20,000 inoculation doses under the Covax arrangement in August next.

Covax, a global alliance, is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.Besides, the foreign minister said China will give one million more doses of Sinopharm vaccine as gift to Bangladesh soon.


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