US understands urgency of getting vaccines of Bangladesh: Miller

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller has said his country understands urgency of providing “safe” and “effective” COVID vaccine to Bangladesh, adding Washington DC’s vaccine donations that arrived here last night is “only the beginning”.

“The United States (US) understands the urgency of getting as many safe and effective vaccines to Bangladesh as quickly as possible,” he said while handing over the first consignment of 2.5 million doses of the US’s Moderna jabs on Friday night.

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Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Malik were present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to receive the shots, gifted by Washington DC under the COVAX framework.

Miller said the US shared these vaccines with the singular objective of saving lives. “This is a gift, at no cost, from the American people,” he said.

Noting that the US has been Bangladesh’s closest partner for the past five decades and working to improve public health, Miller said, “today, at this uniquely challenging moment in history, our partnership is more important than ever”.

He said that his country is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts as it has in the USA. “When we have the capacity, we have the will, and we step up and we deliver,” Miller said.

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