India assures vaccine supply

Foreign Minister Abul Momen said India has reassured that it would resume vaccine export to Dhaka as soon as the corona situation improves there while Russia and China are ready for vaccine supply and co-production in Bangladesh.   

He revealed this while sharing outcomes of separate bilateral meetings with his Indian, Russian and Chinese counterparts on the sidelines of a connectivity conference in Uzbekistan recently with media here today.

“You (Bangladesh) will get when our (India) situation will improve a bit,” Dr Momen said quoting Indian external affairs minister Dr. S. Jaishankar.

However, Momen said, his Indian counterpart didn’t give him any timeframe when Bangladesh can get the rest of its total purchased 30 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from New Delhi.

The foreign minister said, Jaishankar told him that Indian never said that it would not provide vaccine to Bangladesh.

The foreign minister said his Indian counterpart also expressed his happiness as the supply of vaccination to Bangladesh is back in track again from diversified external sources including under COVAX arrangement.

Bangladesh has so far received 1.2 crore vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) since India has suspended its vaccine export in March.


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