High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami on Saturday reiterated that Bangladesh will receive its supply of the coronavirus vaccine from India ‘quickly and urgently’ as per previous assurances.
“….Bangladesh is our priority, that assurance you have already. The exact schedule, we’ll communicate with your government first. That’s being done,” he told reporters after attending a function in Dhaka on Saturday.
On Saturday, India launched its own vaccination program, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid-19, reports BBC.
India has recorded the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world after the United States.
Millions of doses of two approved vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin – were shipped across the country in the days leading up to the start of the drive.
“We are launching the world’s biggest vaccination drive and it shows the world our capability,” Modi, said, addressing the country on Saturday.
The Indian high commissioner said their prime minister assured that neighbours will get the vaccine first and in that list Bangladesh is a priority country.
“Bangladesh will get it urgently as we rolled out the vaccination program,” he said, mentioning that the process is underway.
The envoy said as soon as the government indicates everything is ready, they will work accordingly.
The high commissioner said vaccination is everybody’s right and they will make sure their partners get it quickly.
Bangladesh has a deal with Serum Institute, India (SII) SII through local pharma giant Beximco Pharmaceuticals for 30 million doses of the said vaccine.