In the US, considered the worst-hit country, more than 376,051 people have lost their lives so far, while the confirmed cases in the North American country have soared to 22,612,384.
The US is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination drive in history, with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centres to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people, reports AP.
About nine million Americans have received their first shot, or 2.7% of the US population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say as much as 85% of the population will have to be inoculated to achieve “herd immunity” and vanquish the outbreak.
The approval will allow Beximco Pharmaceuticals to bring doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII), which is manufacturing the vaccine, Mohammad Salahuddin, deputy director of the Directorate General of Drug Administration, said.
On December 13, the government signed an agreement with SII for procuring the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
Under the deal, Bangladesh will import 3 crore doses of SARS-Cov-2 AZD 1222 (Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine) from SII in the next six months.
“If everything goes well, we will get the vaccines in mid-January,” Health Minister Zahid Maleques said.
The process to bring the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine would start in January next, said Zahid, adding a decision was taken in principle that SII would provide the vaccine at the same price they would procure it.