Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to have a virtual meeting today with counterparts from five South Asian Countries, including Bangladesh to discuss
setting up of Emergency Covid-19 Vaccine Storage Facility in this region.The objective of establishing such vaccine storage facility is to help South Asian countries during emergency situation.
Although Bangladesh signed contract with Serum Institute of India for getting the Covishield (Oxford AstraZeneca) vaccine, but in principle agreed on the Chinese proposal to set up an “Emergency Covid-19 Vaccine Storage Facility” among the South Asian nation during any emergency need.
Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have also received the Chinese proposal and agreed on it.
Foreign Ministry officials said Bangladesh informed the Chinese side that it has no objection to join with the proposal and in principle agreed because any country might have an emergency need.
They said Bangladesh will soon received 600,000 Covid vaccines from China as gift and now in talks with Chinese side for signing commercial deal to purchase vaccines from China. Under the commercial agreement, Bangladesh so far received 7 million Covishield vaccines from India and another 3.3 million as a bilateral partnership gift.