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Pfizer Covid vaccine to be administered from Monday

  • Published at 03:18 pm June 20th, 2021
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File photo: Bangladesh received a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the first under the international vaccine-sharing platform Covax, on May 31, 2021 Reuters

It is the third vaccine Bangladesh is using in its inoculation drive against the coronavirus

The health authorities in Bangladesh will start administering the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines, received under the Covax scheme, from Monday.

Md Shamsul Haque, a line director of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), said during a daily bulletin on Sunday that 360 people will get the jabs on Monday at three vaccination centres in Dhaka as part of a dry run.

The vaccine will be administered at the Sheikh Russel Gastroliver Institute and Hospital, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and the Kurmitola General Hospital.

A total of 120 people will be administered the vaccine at each centre, said DGHS Line Director Haque.

“The regular inoculation will start after an observation period of 7 to 10 days,” he said before adding a few other centres will start administering the vaccine then.

On May 31, Bangladesh received a consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the first under the international vaccine-sharing platform Covax.

The vaccine's preservation temperature ranges between -90°C and -60°C. However, it can remain stable for five days at 2°C to 8°C and for two hours at 30°C, according to health authorities.

It is the third vaccine Bangladesh is using in its inoculation drive against the coronavirus.

The country has administered around 10 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

A drive to administer over 1 million Sinopharm shots as gift from China is going on.