Hasina thanks Modi for sending vaccine

Special Correspondent

22 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Hasina thanks Modi for sending vaccine

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for sending two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift.

“I’m thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for sending the vaccine as a gift,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while virtually addressing an international conference titled ‘Celebrating the 100 Years of the University of Dhaka: Reflections from the Alumni – International and National’ on the occasion of the university’s centenary with the theme, 'Achieving Sustainable Goals and Building a University Suitable for Fourth Industrial Revolution and Creating Skilled Human Resources'.

The premier expressed the hope that the procured doses of vaccine will come soon from India as planned.

As per the plan, the first consignment of vaccine that Bangladesh procured from India will arrive in the country by January 25-26.

Sheikh Hasina said they have already planned how they will proceed with the vaccine. “We’ve taken all the steps to face the Covid-19 situation in the country,” she said, hoping that Bangladesh will get rid of the pandemic. “That's what we expect.”

Bangladesh received 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, on Thursday as a gift as part of their neighbourhood plus policy.

A chartered Air India plane, carrying the Covishield jab, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20am.

Later, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami formally handed over the vaccine to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque at a ceremony at state guesthouse Padma in the capital.