The Malaysian government provided more than half a million AstraZeneca vaccine doses to the Bangladesh Government on Tuesday afternoon as a gesture of solidarity and support in the latter’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
At a formal ceremony at the State Guesthouse, Padma, Haznah Md. Hashim, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh, officially handed over the token vaccine doses to Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen.
Malaysian High Commissioner Haznah Md. Hashim described the donation of 559,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and medical equipment to Bangladesh government as a testament to the close, warm and cordial relations existing between the two brotherly countries.
The High Commissioner also mentioned that the Government of Malaysia prioritized Bangladesh for donating vaccines even with its limited inventory.
Foreign Minister Dr. Momen appreciated the kind gesture and support of the Malaysian Government and thanked the brotherly Government of Malaysia for standing beside Bangladesh during this pandemic.
Highlighting the massive inoculation programme undertaken by the Bangladesh government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr. Momen mentioned that already more than 100 million of the population had been vaccinated of which more than 67 million received a single dose while more than 37 million received double doses.
He lauded the efficiency of the vaccination programme through which even 8 million people were administered jabs on a single day during the special inoculation drives.
Foreign Minister Momen also thanked the government of Malaysia for allowing Bangladeshi expatriate workers to stay in Malaysia even during the most difficult phases of the Covid-19 infections in the country.
Bangladesh started mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19 on February 7 this year with AstraZeneca vaccines.
On January 4, the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, paving the way for bringing the vaccine for emergency use.