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IVI welcomes Bangladesh

Diplomatic Correspondent

17 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

IVI welcomes Bangladesh

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) hosted a ceremony at its headquarters in Seoul of South Korea on Thursday, welcoming Bangladesh’s accession to the institute.  

High representatives from the Government of Bangladesh, members of the diplomatic community in Seoul, and representatives of the IVI member states participated in the event, honouring Bangladesh’s ratification of the IVI Establishment Agreement.

The IVI officially welcomed Bangladesh as its 19th state party because over 20 years of vaccine research and capacity-building initiatives with partners in the country have led to significant achievements in global public health, including the domestic development and delivery of IVI’s oral cholera vaccine.

Ambassador Abida Islam hoisted the flag of Bangladesh at IVI to signify Bangladesh’s state membership.

Chairperson of IVI’s Board of Trustees George Bickerstaff delivered the address of welcome while Health Minister Zahid Maleque, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Ambassador Abida Islam, Chairman and Managing Director of Incepta Vaccine Ltd Abdul Muktatir, Executive Director of icddr,b Tahmeed Ahmed, Director General of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea Chang Wook-jin, Indian Ambassador to Korea Sripriya Ranganathan, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Finland in Korea, Mika Ruotsalainen and Director General of IVI Jerome Kim, among others, spoke on the occasion.