China offers vaccine co-op to Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

24 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

China is providing vaccine aid to 53 developing countries and exporting vaccines to 22 countries aiming to secure a victory against the Covid-19 pandemic.

China has also decided to offer 10 million vaccines to COVAX, mainly to help meet the needs of developing countries.

COVAX is a global cooperative programme aimed at ensuring global access to coronavirus vaccines, especially to poorer countries. It is led by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and others.

“By helping countries in need, China has taken concrete steps to honour its pledge to make vaccines global public goods, once available, with greater affordability and accessibility in developing countries,” according to a facebook post by Hualong Yan, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Up to today, our Bangladeshi friend has not authorised or accepted the emergency use of Chinese vaccines due to its domestic regulatory clearance, reads the post.

He said China will continue its vaccine cooperation with relevant countries including Bangladesh, offer support within its capability, and make concrete contributions to securing a victory against the pandemic as soon as possible and to building a global community of health for all.