Bangladesh has received 336,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson’s single-shot coronavirus vaccines under the Covax scheme.

The shipment from the US has arrived Dhaka on Thursday, Dr Shamsul Haque, the member secretary of the heath directorate’s Vaccine Deployment Committee, told the media.

Bangladesh has been using Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for the first two doses for its inoculation campaign, which started in February last year.

In December this year, the health authorities launched the drive for booster dose for people 50 years old and above as well as frontliners.

The inoculation through this vaccine will require a single dose whereas all the other vaccines need a course of two periodic shots.

The shot, called COVID Vaccine Janssen, was found to be 66% percent effective at preventing moderate-to-severe Covid-19 four weeks after inoculation in global trials last year.

It was 100% percent effective in preventing hospitalization and death due to the virus.

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