More than 100 million of the total population have already been vaccinated, says the foreign minister
The Malaysian government has provided over 559,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Bangladesh as a gesture of solidarity and support in the latter’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Haznah Md Hashim, the high commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh, handed over some token vaccine doses to Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at a formal ceremony held at the State Guest House Padma on Tuesday, reports UNB.
Senior officials from the Foreign Ministry and Health Ministry and officials of the Malaysian High Commission were present.
High Commissioner Hashim described the donation of 559,200 doses of the vaccines and medical equipment to the Bangladesh government as a testament to the close, warm and cordial relations existing between the two countries.
The high commissioner also mentioned that the Malaysian government prioritized Bangladesh for donating vaccines even with its limited inventory.
Foreign Minister Momen appreciated the kind gesture and support of Malaysia and thanked them for standing beside Bangladesh during this pandemic.
Highlighting the massive inoculation program undertaken by the Bangladesh government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Momen mentioned that more than 100 million of the total population have already been vaccinated.
More than 67 million of them received a single dose and over 37 million received double doses, he said.
He lauded the efficiency of the vaccination program through which even 8 million people were administered jabs in a single day during the special inoculation drives.
Momen also assured that there were adequate vaccines at hand and the process of vaccinating the nation was on track.
He expressed hope that Bangladesh would venture into vaccine production in near future as well.
The foreign minister also thanked the Malaysian government for allowing Bangladeshi expatriate workers to stay in Malaysia even during the most difficult phases of the Covid-19 infections in the country.