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Bangladesh approves emergency use of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

  • Published at 05:32 pm June 29th, 2021
File photo: Vials with a sticker reading, 'Covid-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only' and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020 Reuters

The country is set to receive 2.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine from the US

The health authorities in Bangladesh have approved the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in the country.

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) gave the approval on Tuesday, according to a press release.

This is the eighth vaccine to receive emergency use authorization from the DGDA.

The vaccine can be administered among people aged 18 and above. The two-dose vaccine will be inoculated within four weeks of the first jab.

The vaccine's preservation temperature ranges between 15°C and 25°C.

The approval comes as the US began shipping 2.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine to Bangladesh on Tuesday, a White House official told AFP.

Also Read - Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine shows promise against Delta variant in lab study

Bangladesh started a pilot vaccination program on January 27 and the nationwide program on February 7 by administering Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

However, on April 25, the government suspended administering the first dose of the vaccine, just a day after India stopped exporting the vaccine due to the record-breaking surge in cases and deaths there.

As the SII could not provide the doses of vaccine, a good number of people around Bangladesh are still waiting for their second jabs.

Also Read - US sending Bangladesh 2.5 million Covid vaccine doses

However, on June 1, Bangladesh received the first consignment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, under the Covax scheme run by WHO and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Meanwhile, China also sent 1.1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Bangladesh as a special gift in two shipments.

The country is also negotiating with Russia to buy its Sputnik V vaccine.

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