Covax to Send 2.5 Million Moderna Vaccines to Bangladesh

A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during Covid-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, US, January 29, 2021. || Photo: Reuters

A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during Covid-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, US, January 29, 2021. || Photo: Reuters

Bangladesh will have 2.5 million doses of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine within maximum of 10 days under Covax facilities, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said on Friday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the vaccine is effective against coronavirus disease up to 94.1 percent, reports media.

The health minister said, "Bangladesh sent a letter to Covax last June to get the vaccine."

Bangladesh was supposed to get 6.80 crore vaccine doses, which would cover around 20 per cent of its population, Zahid Maleque added.

The Moderna vaccine can be administered to people 18 years of age or older. Everyone needs to get two doses of this vaccine while the second dose should be received 28 days after the first dose.

The vaccine comes from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunization in poor countries.

GAVI has taken the initiative to vaccinate 92 low and middle-income countries around the world. The international platform Covax has been set up to ensure immunisation of poor countries.

Earlier, on May 31, Bangladesh received one lakh 602 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine under Covax which have been administered in three hospitals in Dhaka.

The health minister said a large consignment of vaccine was also expected to arrive from China and these vaccines will come as per the agreement with them.

However, the minister did not confirm the arrival time.

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