Bangladesh and the Philippines to get 8 million vaccines from the US


In the latest wave of help to a globe still battling to contain the epidemic, the United States said on Friday (Oct 1) that it is delivering more than eight million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh and the Philippines. A White House official told on condition of anonymity that five shipments totaling 5,575,050 pills will be sent to the Philippines by next week.
Bangladesh would get another 2,508,480 doses early next week, according to the official. The vaccinations are provided under the World Health Organization’s Covax program and are all Pfizer/BioNTech.
The US gifts mark “the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccinations by a single country,” according to the official, who also noted that “putting an end to this pandemic involves eradicating it throughout the world.”
Hard-hit Bangladesh has already received millions of vaccine doses from the United States, including an additional 212 million doses supplied only last week. Only around 10% of Bangladesh’s population has been completely vaccinated, according to the database.
In an attempt to stem the spread of Covid-19, the developing country of roughly 170 million people, which borders India, has implemented some of the world’s longest lockdowns. Over 212 million illnesses have been documented in the Philippines, with over 38,000 fatalities. A delayed and sluggish vaccination rollout has resulted in over a quarter of the adult population is completely vaccinated.
Officials predict that the economy would take more than a decade to recover from the pandemic’s effects, which have resulted in millions of people losing their jobs.


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