The United States has donated an additional 10 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift from the American people.
Delivered via Covax, these donations of Pfizer vaccines bring the total US government vaccine contribution to more than 38.6 million doses.
“With the latest spike in Covid-19 infections, the United States is redoubling our efforts to help Bangladesh turn the tide against this surge,” said US Chargé d’Affaires Helen LaFave on Monday.
These doses will help expand vaccinations for students and those who are awaiting their first doses, while enabling vulnerable people to receive boosters to protect themselves against the growing presence of the Omicron variant, said the US diplomat.
This delivery of Pfizer vaccines is part of the United States’ commitment to lead the global Covid-19 response by donating a billion doses of Pfizer vaccine around the world through 2022.
The US side says millions more doses are scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh over the coming months.In addition to vaccine donations, the US continues to work closely with Bangladesh to support the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign and strengthen the government’s response to the pandemic, said a statement.
The US has provided training to over 7,000 healthcare providers on the proper management and administration of vaccines.
To date, the United States has contributed over $121 million in Covid-related development and humanitarian assistance through USAID, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This assistance has saved lives and treated individuals infected with Covid-19, strengthened testing capacity and monitoring, enhanced case management and infection prevention and control practices, and improved the supply chain and logistics management systems.
The US support has also protected front line workers and increased the public’s knowledge on how to better protect themselves from infection.
The United States has donated $4 billion to support the worldwide Covax effort, which includes support for ultra-cold chain storage, transportation, and safe handling of Covid-19 vaccines, making the United States the world’s largest donor for equitable global Covid-19 vaccine access