Covid-19 Preparedness

Australia announces A$5m

Staff Correspondent

23 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced that Australia will extend A$5 million (BDT 330 million) to the Red Crescent to support Bangladesh’s Covid-19 preparedness and response. 

This funding will be provided through the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and be used to procure and distribute essential supplies, including oxygen and related equipment, to help communities withstand the health and social impact of the pandemic, said a press release on Saturday.

The funding is in addition to the A$5.7 million Australia provided last year for personal protective equipment, Covid-19 awareness campaigns, and emergency food and income support.

Australia is also working to increase the global supply of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines, including through an A$80 million commitment to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, of which Bangladesh is a beneficiary.

Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer said, "As one of Bangladesh's oldest friends, Australia is committed to supporting Bangladesh in its fight against Covid-19, to help ensure our shared region remains safe, stable, prosperous and resilient.  Australia and our partners stand with Bangladesh in responding to the pandemic.”