Bangladesh hopeful of coproduction of corona vaccine soon

Diplomatic Correspondent

11 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is hopeful of going for coproduction of Covid-19 vaccines in Bangladesh as there has been tangible progress in the current negotiation with vaccine producing countries.

This was disclosed by Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday. Bangladesh will hopefully be able to make a formal announcement soon on vaccine coproduction with pharmaceutical companies in the country, he said.

“It is up to the vaccine-manufacturing countries to choose local pharmaceutical companies for vaccine coproduction in Bangladesh. The vaccine producing companies will come to Bangladesh for inspection and assess the capability of our pharmaceutical companies," he told reporters at a function at the State Guesthouse Padma.

Momen said there will be no vaccine crisis in Bangladesh once coproduction begins. Bangladesh is hopeful of exporting vaccines after meeting the domestic demand, he said.

The Foreign Minister attended the handing over ceremony of the donation of Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI), which donated medicines for the people of Palestine. BAPI leaders and Palestinian Ambassador to Bangladesh Yusuf Ramadan were present on the occasion.

Earlier on Wednesday, Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Li Jiming has given an indication about coproduction of Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh.

He told reporters that ‘a very pragmatic’ discussion is underway between Bangladesh and China on procurement of Covid-19 vaccine doses to meet Bangladesh's needs. “There is a very ‘encouraging progress’ between the two countries over coproduction of vaccines,” he added.

In response to a question about misunderstanding with China over price disclosure of Sinopham vaccine, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister made it clear that there is no problem anymore as Bangladesh acknowledged the unintentional mistake.

Meanwhile, China has announced that it would deliver the second consignment of 600,000 Sinopharm vaccine doses to Bangladesh as gift by June 13. Earlier, China gifted 500,000 doses of vaccine.

Bangladesh will send two special flights to bring the 600,000 vaccines and other medical supplies.