‘India to supply vaccines to Bangladesh as promised’

Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi

9 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

India is committed to supplying Covid-19 vaccines as promised to the neighbouring countries including Bangladesh, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a weekly briefing on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in a webinar organised by the leading Indian think tank 'India writes network,' Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami assured that the next supply of vaccine to Bangladesh is ‘in the process.

The Spokesperson also categorically scotched the speculation that India has banned the export of vaccines.

"There is no ban on the export of vaccines," he said.

He also said that vaccine supply to foreign countries is being processed taking into account the domestic needs of India. India is also facing a huge pandemic problem and therefore vaccine supply process is being assessed in totality, said Doraiswami.

Apart from India's domestic requirement, all the commercial arrangements which are in place with Serum Institute of India is assessed and the decisions will be taken at an appropriate time, he added.

He said “But I cannot tell the timeframe when the next bulk will take place. At the same time, the process for supplying vaccine is in the process.”

On the question of border killing, High Commissioner said in the webinar that both India and Bangladesh are trying to address the root cause of the problem.

Security forces of India and Bangladesh are trying their best to implement coordinated border management plans, he said.