Bangladesh joined the select group of countries that manufacture world-class, large-scale Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by shipping 6.5 million PPE gowns to American brand Hanes for ultimate delivery to US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Beximco, one of the leading pharmaceuticals manufacturers of Bangladesh made the shipment to US today, a press release said.To mark the occasion, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam joined US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) to see off Beximco’s first shipment of PPE to the USA.
Alam said Bangladesh is also facing toughest times and trying to cope with this pandemic like the rest of the world.
“It’s remarkable to see that within this short span of two months Bangladesh was able to foray into this very regulated market with such a sensitive healthcare product with just not ten or twenty thousand pieces but six and half million pieces,” he said.
US Ambassador Miller said the USA welcomes Bangladesh’s world-class large- scale PPE production to the global marketplace. “The Beximco-Hanes partnership is another great example of how our two great nations are combating the COVID-19 pandemic,” Miller said.
As the global spread of COVID-19 has bloomed into a pandemic, it has become clear that there will be a desperate need of PPE to keep medical professionals and the general public safe, said Beximco CEO and Group Director Mr. Syed Naved Husain.
He said this would help keep people safe and secure worldwide while helping Bangladesh`s own economy and ensuring that the large workforce of 4.1 million in the garment sector can still make a good livelihood.Managing Director of Beximco Pharma Nazmul Hassan, MP, termed the event historic and said: “Today, we join the club of first-class large-scale PPE manufacturing countries.”