Bangladesh calls for expeditious Covid vaccination under Covax facility in developing nations

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28th January, 2021 10:23:23 printer

Bangladesh calls for expeditious Covid vaccination under Covax facility in developing nations

Bangladesh has urged the UN and other international organisations for expeditious COVID vaccination in developing countries, especially low- and middle-income countries under COVAX facility.

Md Mostafizur Rahman, Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, made the call at the 148th Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva on Wednesday (Jan 27), according to a message received from Bangladesh PR in Geneva.

He also urged the WHO, Gavi- the Vaccine Alliance, CEPI and play a visible and effective role in accelerating supply of coronavirus vaccine under the COVAX Facility urgently.

"The ongoing pandemic has exposed the limitations of the global health system," said the Bangladesh envoy.

Mostafizur Rahman emphasised the robust international partnership to strengthen the health system of low- and middle-income countries in the post-Covid-19 and the pandemic.

Ambassador Rahman thanked the World Health Organisation (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for nominating the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Co-Chair of the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Apart from this, Director General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus specially thanked to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her leadership as the co-chair of the WHO Group of Directors.

Dr. Tedros also sent a letter praising the timely and correct decision of the Prime Minister to address the Covid situation and reiterated his commitment to work closely with the Government of Bangladesh to address any public health challenges.

Some 50 vital issues related to health were discussed in detail at this year's Executive Board meeting. During this time, 5 resolutions and 13 decisions were taken unanimously. Bangladesh co-sponsors two resolutions on mental health and oral health.

Besides, Bangladesh issued a joint statement on the resolution on mental health on behalf of the member countries of the Southeast Asia region.

It may be mentioned that the 148th meeting of the Executive Board of WHO was held on January 18-26, 2021 at the headquarters of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

Bangladesh actively participated under the leadership of Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque and played a significant role in almost all the discussions.