Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday night received three million doses of Moderna vaccine from the United States under COVAX facility as the government is trying to speed up the nationwide vaccination drive further.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Charge d’ Affaires at US Embassy in Dhaka JoAnne Wagner, , Health Secretary Lokman Hossain Miah and other high officials of the government were also present to receive the vaccine doses.
Dr Momen thanked US President Joe Biden and his Administration for coming forward with the vaccines.
"It came at a time when we need it very badly. We're thankful to the US government for supporting us," he told reporters after receiving the vaccine consignment.
Dr Momen said COVID-19 is a global challenge and all need to work in partnership and in collaboration to face this challenge.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared that vaccines should be public good and shared by all the countries without any discrimination.
Earlier, a special flight of Qatar Airways landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 9:06 pm carrying the vaccine doses.
Bangladesh already received the first consignment of 2.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine under the COVAX facility.