Sunday, 14 August, 2022

Combatting Corona

Bangladesh’s role lauded

Bangladesh’s role lauded

US Deputy Coordinator for Global Covid-19 Response and Health Security Laura Stone has appreciated Bangladesh’s impressive response to Covid-19, reports UNB.

We have been very impressed with Bangladesh’s (response to Covid-19). We reviewed the excellent cooperation that we have with Bangladesh, she said.

Stone made the remarks while talking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after her meeting with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Tuesday.

She said they are discussing further cooperation in the health sector building on the decades of relations and want to see the best ways to highlight the excellent cooperation on Covid-19 front. Talking to reporters separately, State Minister Shahriar said the US side has proposed Bangladesh to be part of the ministerial meeting of the Global Action Plan for Covid-19 Response which will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September.

“We will officially convey our decision after further reviewing the proposal but initially we welcomed it,” he said, hoping that Bangladesh will play an active role in the meeting.

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19’s far-reaching impacts and new variants, there remains an urgent need to maintain and strengthen political engagement and coordination to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the US side.

Building on the June 15th COVID-19 senior officials meeting, Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, convened a virtual COVID-19 Global Action Plan (GAP) foreign ministerial meeting on July 19 with over 25 countries, the African Union, World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank.