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US declares 14m more COVID vaccine doses for Bangladesh

Published : 11 Nov 2021 10:18 PM | Updated : 14 Nov 2021 12:59 PM

Foreign Minister Dr Abdul Momen on Thursdaydisclosed that the United States (US) has decided to provide 14 million more doses of Pfizer vaccines to Bangladesh under COVAX framework.  

"Good news is, the US administration has declared another 14 million Pfizer vaccines for Bangladesh under COVAX," he said in a message to media from France Thursday. 

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Dr Momen along with foreign ministers of 25 countries participated a High-level Ministerial Virtual Meeting on Covid-19 and beyond, moderated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday. 

During the meeting, Bangladesh foreign minister demanded the vaccines to be made public good affordable to all countries. 

He also urged to encourage pharmaceutical companies like that of Bangladesh to produce COVID jabs locally. 

Dr Momen informed the meeting that Bangladesh has already inoculated 32 million people with double doses and 46 million with first dose while the country needs more jabs to vaccinate at least 80% of its 165 million people. 

 The Bangladesh foreign minister also informed the meeting that infection rate in Bangladesh now is around one percent.

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