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Bangladesh to receive 3 million more Moderna COVID vaccine doses: US envoy

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US Ambassador Earl R Miller has announced another consignment of three million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for Bangladesh.

These vaccine doses are coming to Bangladesh from the American people via the COVAX facility, he said, reports UNB.

“The US is committed to increasing the country’s vaccine supply to beat the pandemic here and worldwide,” Ambassador Miller tweeted.

In the first week of July, Bangladesh received the first consignment of 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine under the COVAX facility.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will receive 20 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China on Saturday night as part of a commercial agreement.

Deputy Chief of Mission at Chinese Embassy in Dhaka, Hualong Yan told UNB on Friday that the vaccine doses would arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in two planes.

He said China would also give 10 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as gift in addition to the earlier 11 lakh doses. “This is a gift for our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters in their fight against the pandemic.”

Bangladesh has already received 20 lakh doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as part of commercial purchase from China. The country is slated to receive initially 1.5 crore doses of the vaccine as part of the commercial agreement.

Hualong also said that China stands ready to provide all support and assistance to help the Bangladesh government mitigate poverty through the China-South Asian Countries Poverty Alleviation and Cooperative Development Center.

Earlier, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing would continue to provide Bangladesh with the Covid jabs to help Bangladesh fight the pandemic.

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