Dhaka, Aug 03: The third consignment out of three million doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine under WHO-COVAX mechanism arrived in Dhaka from Japan on Tuesday.
A flight of Cathay Pacific carrying 6,16,780 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured in Japan, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:15 pm.
Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh ITO Naoki handed over the vaccine to additional secretary of health ministry Syed Mojibul Huq at the airport.
Japan hopes that fair, equitable and comprehensive access to vaccines will be ensured in Bangladesh, said a press release issued by Japan embassy here. Japan reiterates that Japan will stand by Bangladesh in the fight against COVID-19 and to work together to contain COVID-19 as soon as possible, it added.
With today’s consignment, the total amount of dispatched vaccines from Japan as of now stands at 16,43,300.
On July 24, Bangladesh received 2,45,200 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine as the first consignment from Japan under the COVAX facilities.
Later, on July 31, Japan sent 7,81,320 doses of such jabs as the second consignment.
COVAX, a global alliance, is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
These consignments of vaccine are important for Bangladesh as around 1.5 million people are waiting for the second dose of this Oxford made vaccine.