Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) spokesperson Professor Nazmul Islam on Wednesday said that the administration of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will begin within the next seven to ten days.
"A particular diluter is necessary to activate the vaccine and it is expected to arrive in the country on June 7 from the Covax facility of the World Health Organisation (WHO)," Nazmul Islam said at the DGHS Covid-19 bulletin on Wednesday .
"The authorities concerned are working to decide on the recipients and where the vaccination will take place as the number of shots is very limited," he said, adding, "Those who have registered earlier will be prioritised."
The Pfizer vaccine is a special type of vaccine that needs to be stored at minus 90 degrees Celsius temperature.
Therefore, according to the spokesperson, the centres for vaccination will be decided based on the distance of where the vaccines are stored and availability of experienced manpower.
Earlier on May 31, a consignment of 1,00,620 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine reached Dhaka via the international vaccine alliance Gavi under its worldwide vaccination initiative Covax.
On 27 May, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved the Pfizer mRNA Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use in Bangladesh, removing all legal barriers to the import and use of this vaccine.
Pfizer has been approved as the fourth vaccine to be used in the country. Earlier, the Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield, Russia's Sputnik-V, and China's Sinopharm vaccines got emergency use authorisation (EUA) in Bangladesh.
According to the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA), Pfizer's is a two-dose vaccine, the second dose of which will be given three weeks after the first dose.