Unicef Delivers Over 100mn Covid Vaccines To Bangladesh

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DHAKA, Dec 29 (IANS): The Unicef said on Wednesday that it has delivered over 100 million Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh since June this year.

“The arrival today of 20.46 million doses of vaccines from China means that since June 2021, Unicef has delivered over 100 million Covid-19 vaccines, from multiple WHO-approved manufacturers to Bangladesh,” the UN agency said in a statement.

The 100 million vaccines delivered so far also include over 50 million doses that Unicef has delivered to Bangladesh under the COVAX facility, which is the WHO-led initiative for equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the world.

The government of Bangladesh has also received large quantities of vaccines through bilateral agreements in addition to the vaccines delivered by Unicef, it added.

The UN agency said the fresh delivery of vaccines is a welcome boost for Bangladesh’s efforts to achieve its target of vaccinating 80 per cent of the total population by June 2022.

The agency said 28.44 per cent of Bangladesh’s total population have been fully vaccinated so far.

“The clearest way out of this pandemic is vaccine equity and boosting vaccination rates globally. Getting vaccines from manufacturers and into recipients’ arms in every corner of Bangladesh as quickly as possible is critical,” said Univef representative to Bangladesh Sheldon Yett.

Unicef has been organising the international transportation of Covid-19 vaccines and supplies for the COVAX Facility since February 2021, in what is the largest, most complex logistical operation in the history of immunisation, it said.

“Getting the vaccines to Bangladesh is only the first part of the battle. Safely delivering them the last mile to the communities that need them most is equally as important, and we salute the government of Bangladesh and partner organisations who make this possible,” Yett said.

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