US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller has said the arrival of 2.5 million doses of the US biotech firm Moderna's highly successful vaccine for Covid-19 through the COVAX facility is only the beginning.
"The United States understands the urgency of getting as many safe and effective vaccines to Bangladesh as quickly as possible," he said while addressing a reception at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday night.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received the first consignment of 2.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine under the COVAX framework.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Secretary of Health Services Division Lokman Hossain Miah, and other high officials of Bangladesh government were also present.
The second consignment arrived on Saturday morning.
Ambassador Miller said the United States has been Bangladesh’s closest partner for the past five decades working to improve public health.
"Today, at this uniquely challenging moment in history, our partnership is more important than ever," he said.
Miller said he is proud to join with partners and leaders from the Government of Bangladesh to continue to work together to build a world safer and more secure against the threat of infectious disease.
"We do so for the people of Bangladesh, the people of America, for all people on this precious vulnerable world we are privileged and responsible to share and protect," said the US Ambassador.