Some 245,200 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine arrived in Dhaka as the first consignment from Japan under COVAX facilities.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received the vaccine after a Cathay Pacific Airways carrying the jabs landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 3:20 pm.
Earlier, the minister said Japan will send over 2.9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Bangladesh in different phases.
COVAX, a global alliance, is a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
The consignment of Astra Zeneca vaccine has been reaching here as good news for Bangladesh as 1.5 million people are waiting for the second dose of this Oxford made vaccine.
BDST: 1550 HRS, JUL 24, 2021