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Vaccine arrival in BD still not certain: shipped from India

Vaccine arrival in BD still not certain: shipped from India

 India's High Commissioner in Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, said Thursday that the vaccine may take some time to reach Bangladesh.

"It is not yet known for sure when the Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Bangladesh from India, because this is a very sensitive matter. The vaccine is not like any other product," he told reporters after paying a courtesy visit to the Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder in his secretariat office yesterday.

The envoy from India also said that he is not yet sure how many doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are arriving from his country.

However, he said there are no obstacles or restrictions for the shipment of vaccines to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh has signed an agreement with the Serum Institute of India to purchase 30 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Under the contract, the Serum Institute, which produced the vaccine in India, will ship 5 million doses a month to Bangladesh.

He appreciated Bangladesh's efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that there are sincere relations between Bangladesh and India.

The two neighboring countries are working together in the fight against the fatal virus, as (two countries) share very close ties.

Meanwhile, Serum Institute of India Executive Director Adar Poonawalla said on Sunday that his country's government banned exporting the jab before completing the country's inoculations, drawing huge criticism and uncertainty in Bangladesh.

Subsequently, Adar Poonawalla clarified his statement saying that there was no obstacle to exporting the vaccine.

However, on Thursday, the Indian High Commissioner assured that all facilities in Indian ports would be provided on a priority basis so that the importation of rice from the country could be completed.

Both sides hoped that the friendly political relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the future.

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