Dhaka urges Delhi to provide vaccine

Diplomatic Correspondent

19 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Dhaka has reiterated its request to New Delhi to provide AstraZeneca (Covishield) Covid-19 vaccine for Bangladesh on an emergency basis to continue the ongoing vaccination drive of the second dose.

The fresh request was made by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen to External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar during a telephone conversation on Tuesday.

In response, Jaishankar informed Momen that he is aware of the need of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the current state of the second dose of vaccine.

The Bangladesh foreign minister told his Indian counterpart that Bangladesh already made request to the United States for providing AstraZeneca vaccine on an urgent basis as India could not supply the vaccine in time.

In this context, Momen said the Indian minister can make request to the USA to provide the vaccine for Bangladesh. Jaishankar agreed to make request to the USA in this respect, said a Foreign Ministry press release.

Meanwhile, more than 1014 eminent expatriate Bangladeshis have appealed the US administration to urgently provide Bangladesh with vaccine.

The signatories, including physicians, engineers and educationists, sent their appeal letter to the White House.