FM: Hopeful of getting rest of vaccine doses from India as scheduled
Despite its high demand in India, Dhaka hopes that New Delhi will supply the rest of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII) to Bangladesh as agreed between the two countries with other options open.
“India is telling us that it will (March consignment) come but has yet to arrive. We believe their assurance,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told UNB in an interview at his residence.
He said Bangladesh received 3.2 million doses of the vaccine as gifts from India but the consignment of five million doses that was scheduled to arrive in March from India has yet to come.
Bangladesh has purchased 30 million doses of the vaccine from Serum Institute and the first shipment of five million arrived here in January while the second consignment of two million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine came in February.
The foreign minister acknowledged the high demand of vaccines globally, including the demand by some political leaders in India to halt export.
“I think it will not be applicable for us as we have made arrangements and made advance payment. India has announced that the vaccines will be delivered as per schedule, and we believe it,” Dr Momen said.