Unicef: 26 ultra-low temperature freezers increase Bangladesh vaccine storage capacity


According to Unicef, only 9% of the population of Bangladesh has been fully vaccinated so far. Facebook / Unicef

Each of these freezers can hold more than 300,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine

The 26 ultra-low temperature freezers delivered by Unicef ​​as part of the Covax program allow Bangladesh to receive, store and distribute large quantities of Covid-19 vaccines that require ultra-cold storage, according to the agency. United Nations.

Each of the 26 freezers can hold more than 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, supporting the administration of these vaccines in districts beyond Dhaka.

In fact, the recent delivery by Covax of some 2.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine donated by the United States is made possible by this additional ultra-cold chain capacity.

Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh, said: “As more countries come forward through Covax to ensure equitable access to vaccines, it is of crucial importance to increase the capacity to the ultra-cold chain in host countries. “

“Unicef, as an implementing partner of Covax, will continue to support Bangladesh until the end of the pandemic. No one is safe until everyone is safe, ”he added.

The delivery of 26 ultra low temperature freezers to Bangladesh is part of Unicef’s global goal of delivering 350 ultra low temperature freezers to more than 45 countries on behalf of Covax.


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This is a huge and unprecedented undertaking to develop national cold chain capacities to accelerate the number of people fully immunized as soon as possible.

At present, only 9% of the population of Bangladesh has been fully immunized, according to Unicef.

Covax aims to ensure equitable access to vaccines and supplies, especially in low and middle income countries.

WHO Country Representative Dr Bardan Jung Rana said: “WHO highly appreciates Covax for providing support to the government of Bangladesh.

“Ensuring global access to Covid-19 vaccines offers the best hope of slowing the pandemic, saving lives and securing the global economic recovery. Each of these freezers will play a key role in improving the country’s ultra-low cold chain vaccine storage capacity. Ensuring that vaccines reach everyone, everywhere is the top priority and a critical step towards health for all. We cannot afford to leave anyone behind, ”he added.

Vaccines and supplies through the Covax facility for low- and middle-income countries, including Bangladesh, are generously supported by both pledges and direct donations.

Unicef ​​and WHO are calling for continued and increased support to Covax from donors and countries that have already achieved high coverage.

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