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French Ambassador gifts over 2.06 million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 30th November, 2021 05:33:38 PM
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The French Government has provided 2.06 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the Government of Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon (Nov 30) under the COVAX arrangement as a gesture of solidarity to the friendly country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The French gesture covers a consignment containing 2,006,400 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (AstraZeneca) as well as their transport to Dhaka through their own arrangement.

At the State Guest House, Padma, Dhaka, in a formal ceremony, Jean-Marin SCHUH, Ambassador of France to Bangladesh handed over the token vaccine doses to Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Heath Minister Zahid Maleque.

Foreign Secretary and senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh were present during the handover ceremony.

The Ambassador of France stated that the COVID vaccines are donated to the Government of Bangladesh from the French Government as a gesture of solidarity to the people of Bangladesh. He expressed hope that both the countries would soon be able to overcome the pandemic through joint efforts.

Foreign Minister Momen appreciated the kind gesture and efforts of the French Government to stand beside Bangladesh during this pandemic.

He apprised the gathering that the declaration of the vaccine gift from the French President came during the historic meeting by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh during her bilateral visit to France on 09-12 November 2021.

The Health Minister expressed gratitude to the French Government for extending the much-needed support to Bangladesh in such a time when the Government of Bangladesh was taking due efforts to inoculate its total population.