Bangladesh to get vaccine urgently: Indian HC
Published : 17 Jan 2021, 13:19
Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami today said India has ensured that Bangladesh would get the COVID 19 vaccine ‘quickly’ and ‘urgently’ under his country’s neighborhood first policy.
“The vaccine issue is everybody’s right and we will ensure the government here gets it quickly,” he told reporters after attending the inauguration of the 19th International film festival in the capital.
The envoy said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the vaccine capacity will be provided for the benefit of everybody and Bangladesh will get the priority. “Bangladesh will get it urgently as you know we rolled out for three lakh people today in India,” he said.
He said the exact schedule will communicate with the Bangladesh government soon. “There is a time schedule, I will tell your government – not in the media,” he said.
Saying that the Bangladesh government has the priority first, Doraiswami said, “As soon as the (Bangladesh) government indicates everything is ready, we will work accordingly”.
India’s vaccination drive, the world’s largest immunisation exercise against Covid-19, kicked off today with priority to about 30 million health care and frontline workers to be inoculated in the first phase.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had earlier this month approved Oxford COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.
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