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2021-06-26 22:39:07 BdST

BD to receive 2.5m doses vaccine from American people: Robert Miller

US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl Robert Miller said Bangladesh will receive 2.5 million doses Moderna Covid -19 vaccine from the people of America.

In a tweet on Saturday, he said “As the largest contributor to #COVAX, the US is committed to increasing the country’s vaccine supply to beat the pandemic here and worldwide.”

Bangladesh is set to receive 2.5 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by US biotech company Moderna under the Covax facility, a global vaccine alliance.

Covax has written to the government, saying the shots will be sent as part of its commitment.

Confirming the news, Health Minister Zahid Maleque confirmed on Friday night that the vaccines are expected to arrive within seven to 10 days.

"Covax has recently informed us about the Moderna vaccine shots. We will receive those in seven to 10 days," he said.

This will be the second batch of vaccine for Bangladesh under COVAX, which is expected to give the country 68 million doses, with two shots per person, to cover 20 percent of the population.

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