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Japan and the UK donated over 8.6 million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh for combating the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 15th December, 2021 08:25:20 PM
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The Governments of Japan and the United Kingdom provided a friendly donation of over 8.6 million AstraZeneca vaccines to the Government of Bangladesh this afternoon under the COVAX arrangement as a gesture of solidarity to Bangladesh. 

The UK consignment contains 4.08 million vaccine dozes while Japan’s recent dispatch contains 1.49 million (AstraZeneca)  doses leading to a total of 4.55 million doses.
 
At the State Guest House, Padma, Dhaka, in a formal ceremony, ITO Naoki, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh and Robert Chatterton-Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh handed over the token vaccine dozes to Health Minister Zahid Malik

Lokman Hossain Mia, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Affairs, Ambassador Sabbir Ahmed Chowdhury, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior high officials as well as dignitaries from the local embassies were present during the handover ceremony.
 
The British High Commissioner stated that COVID-19 pandemic has been a long-standing global challenge and as such the menace needed a global response. 

The government of the UK was long working for means to ensure equitable access to the vaccines to combat the pandemic. 

Out of the shared responsibility to the crisis, the British Government made humble effort to extend cooperation to Bangladesh to vaccinate its population. 

This donation may be seen as a gesture of solidarity to the people of Bangladesh.
 
The Ambassador of Japan appreciated the initiatives of the government of Bangladesh to vaccinate its target population. 

He stated that Japanese government remained engaged with Bangladesh from the outset of the pandemic and once the vaccines were available, his government made efforts to facilitate this friendly country with the vaccination program. 

He assured that his government was further working with Bangladeshi agencies/ authorities to extend more support to the government. 

He expressed the hope that both the governments are tested friends who stand each other in moments of crisis.
 
Secretary (West) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the welcome speech while the Senior Secretary of the Health Division from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare thanked the two friendly countries for the kind gesture. 

Health Minister expressed gratitude to both the governments for extending the much-needed support to Bangladesh