Vaccine from US will enable students to resume studies, social lives: Ambassador hopes
The American people have so far contributed 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh, with the last shipment of 3.5 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, said the US Embassy in Dhaka today.
"We hope this enables young people, especially students, to protect themselves from Covid-19 and safely resume their studies and social lives more fully," said US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller.
Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use among children ages 12 to 17.
Following a trial in Manikganj, the US-donated Pfizer vaccines will enable the Government of Bangladesh to roll out vaccination for young people in this age group.
"We've also provided specialised training to hundreds of Bangladeshi health workers to help them safely administer these Pfizer vaccines among children aged 12 and up," said the US envoy.
This delivery of Pfizer vaccine jabs is part of the broader commitment by the United States to lead the global Covid-19 response by providing one billion doses of Pfizer vaccine around the world-free of charge through 2022.
In addition to providing vaccine, the United States continues to work closely with Bangladesh to support the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign and strengthen the government's response to the pandemic.
The United States has provided training for more than 6,000 service providers and healthcare professionals to help them administer vaccines safely and efficiently and protect the health of Bangladeshis.
The US government has contributed over $121 million in Covid-related development and humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh through the US Agency for International Development, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of State, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.