Bangladesh receives 792,000 AstraZeneca doses from Germany

Around 33.32 million people in the country have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Bangladesh has received 792,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from Germany.

A Qatar Airways flight carrying the shipment landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5pm on Saturday.

Senior secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain Mian, Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam and German Ambassador to Bangladesh Achim Tröster received the consignment at the airport, Maidul Islam, public relations officer of the Health Ministry told BSS on Saturday.

The vaccine doses were provided to Bangladesh under the Covax facility.

Bangladesh currently administers Covid-19 vaccines developed by four companies — AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Sinopharm.

Bangladesh signed a deal with Serum Institute of India for 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in November last year.

The Bangladesh government had earlier suspended administering AstraZeneca vaccines due to the Indian government’s ban on vaccine export, before resuming it after ensuring supply from other sources.