Beximco exports 6.5m PPE to US

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Beximco Group has exported 6.5 million personal protective equipment (PPE) gowns to US brand Hanes to be delivered to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Bangladesh is one of a few countries to have manufactured world-class PPE, a statement issued by the company said on Monday.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and US Ambassador Earl Miller were present at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on the occasion of Beximco’s first shipment of PPE to the US.

Beximco has proudly joined the fight against the global pandemic by moving swiftly to add capabilities of manufacturing PPE items including gowns, masks and coveralls, said Beximco CEO and Group Director Syed Naved Husain.

COVID-19 has changed the world’s work pattern with Beximco urgently responding to the call.

“In just two months, we’ve unleashed our world-class manufacturing, technical and design talent to switch over and start making personal protection equipment and help increase its supply urgently needed in Bangladesh and worldwide.”

Bangladesh was well positioned to become a new hub for PPE manufacturing, said Naved.

Shahriar also lauded Beximco for its befitting contribution to Bangladesh’s economy.

Like rest of the world, Bangladesh is also facing toughest times and trying to cope with this pandemic, he added.

“It remarkable to see that within short span of two months Bangladesh was able to foray into the very regulated market with such a sensitive healthcare product. It is not just ten or twenty thousand but six and a half million pieces. What an achievement!” he said.

US Ambassador Earl Miller welcomed Bangladesh’s world-class PPE export in the critical time of corona outbreak.

“The US welcomes Bangladesh’s world-class and 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,” he said.

Janata Bank Chairman Jamaluddin Ahmed said they were proud to be associated with Beximco in financing the production.

Nazmul Hassan, MP, Managing Director of Beximco Pharma, termed the event historic.

Initially, Beximco took the initiative of meeting the local demand for PPE by import, he said.

“There was severe shortage of PPE globally as demand was increasing. We, therefore, decided to produce the item to meet such demand. Now, we are not only providing PPE to our local healthcare centres but also exporting it to very highly regulated sensitive markets,” he said.

Beximco Pharmaceuticals is Bangladesh’s only US FDA-certified company with a footprint in 50 countries, the statement said.

It also said the company became the first in the world to have launched a generic version of remdesivir which has been cleared by the US FDA for emergency use in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.