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7.9 lakh COVID-19 Vaccines from Japan arrive in Bangladesh

7.9 lakh COVID-19 Vaccines from Japan arrive in Bangladesh
7.9 lakh COVID-19 Vaccines from Japan arrive in Bangladesh

On December 14, 788,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan arrived at Dhaka International Airport from Japan. In addition, another consignment of 704,010 doses is scheduled to arrive on December 21, totaling approximately 1.5 million doses.

In July and August, the Government of Japan provided over 3 million doses AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh through the COVAX Facility to meet the urgent needs of the Bangladeshi people who had been long waiting for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Considering the fact that there are many people who are still in need for vaccination in Bangladesh, and in light of the important relationship between Japan and Bangladesh, the Government of Japan decided to provide another 1.5 million vaccines to the people of Bangladesh.

On December 15, a handover ceremony was held by the Government of Bangladesh at Padma State Guest House, which was attended by H.E. Mr. Zahid Maleque, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Lokman Hossain Miah, Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Mr. Shabib Ahmed Choudhury, Foreign Secretary (West), Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Robert C Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, and H.E. Mr. ITO Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh.

“We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the generous support from Japan, especially in health sector. Japan is our best long-standing friend. The high rollout of vaccines has made it possible for Bangladesh to keep the infection rate low.”, said H.E. Mr. Maleque.

I am delighted that Japan has delivered another 788,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh. We plan to deliver another 704,010 doses next week totaling approximately 1.5 million doses. This is purely for the sake of the Bangladeshi people. We hope this vaccine support will contribute to the Bangladesh government's efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Japan hopes that fair, equitable and comprehensive access to safe and effective vaccines will be ensured in Bangladesh and I would like to reiterate that Japan will stand by Bangladesh in the fight against COVID-19 and will work together to contain COVID-19.”, said H.E. Mr. ITO Naoki, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh.

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