Japan has said “equitable and comprehensive” access to safe and effective vaccines will be ensured in Bangladesh.
“I would like to reiterate that Japan will stand by Bangladesh in the fight against Covid-19 and will work together to contain Covid-19,” said Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki.
On Tuesday, Bangladesh received 704,010 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan. This was delivered in addition to the 788,200 doses of vaccine that arrived on December 14, totalling approximately 1.5 million doses, said the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday.
In July and August, the government of Japan provided over 3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh through the COVAX Facility to meet the urgent needs of the Bangladeshi people who had been long waiting for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Considering the fact that there are still many people who require vaccination in Bangladesh and in light of the important relationship between Japan and Bangladesh, the government of Japan decided to provide another 1.5 million vaccines to the people of Bangladesh.