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Dhaka for making corona vaccines public goods

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 10 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has reiterated Bangladesh's call for international cooperation in the fight against coronavirus and making the Covid-19 vaccines public goods that are truly accessible and affordable to people in all countries.

He noted that there are incidents of corona vaccines doses crossing their expiry date for not sharing them on time with other countries. "Vaccine should be a public good," Momen said, adding that some are tagging some conditions while sharing vaccine doses which he sees as an ‘indirect pressure’ on countries like Bangladesh.

Briefing journalists on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on his just concluded three-nation visit to Switzerland, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, the Foreign Minister said they had a very busy schedule with some positive outcomes.

Mentioning his meeting with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Momen said the United Nations will soon get engaged in Bhasan Char.

He said they also discussed the climate issues as Bangladesh remains very vocal on the issues. Foreign Minister Momen said they want actions and delivery with the fulfilment of commitments on the climate front.

The Bangladesh Foreign Minister earlier said a successful pandemic recovery must involve universal vaccination ending vaccine inequality.

He referred to the unfortunate manifestation of vaccine nationalism and called the world to stand united against such vaccine inequity.

"It is time for the development partners to be more humane and help the deserving without discrimination. The vaccine should be a public good," Momen said while speaking at the UN high-level Forum on the Culture of Peace held at the United Nations General Assembly on September 7.