DHAKA: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday that it has delivered over 100 million Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh since June this year.
"With today's delivery of 20.46 million doses of vaccinations from China, Unicef has now provided over 100 million Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh from several WHO-approved manufacturers since June 2021," the UN agency said in a statement. Over 50 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been provided to Bangladesh by Unicef through the COVAX facility, which is a WHO-led project for fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the world. In addition to the vaccines given by Unicef, the government of Bangladesh has acquired considerable supplies of vaccines through bilateral agreements.
According to the UN, the new vaccine supply is a welcome boost for Bangladesh's efforts to reach its aim of vaccinating 80% of the population by June 2022. According to the agency, 28.44% of Bangladesh's overall population has been fully vaccinated.
"The most obvious path out of this epidemic is to increase vaccine equity and immunisation rates over the world. It's vital to get vaccines from manufacturers and into the hands of recipients in every area of Bangladesh as soon as possible "Sheldon Yett, a UNICEF representative in Bangladesh, said as much.
Since February 2021, Unicef has been organising the international shipping of Covid-19 vaccines and supplies for the COVAX Facility, which it claims is the greatest and most complex logistical undertaking in the history of immunisation.