Taking forward the initiative started by PM Narendra Modi in adopting a cooperative approach to fight the Corona pandemic, Today India has handed over two million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh.
The vaccine was handed over in Dhaka by the High Commissioner of India Vikram Doraiswami to the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleq.
Reporters, the gift of two million doses of corona vaccine by India to Bangladesh symbolizes the deep and historic relations between the two countries. Handing over the vaccine gift, High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami told that the gift was part of the country's neighborhood first policy under which India accords high priority to its relationship with Bangladesh. He said that the gift of 20 lakh doses of 'Covishield' is in fact the biggest such dispatches by India to any of the neighboring countries.
The High Commissioner said that in line with the discussions held during the virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, India has delivered the vaccines within a week of the vaccine roll-out in India.
He added that the arrival of the vaccine is only the recent of many steps already taken by the two countries to fight COVID-19 together. It takes forward the initiative taken by PM Modi in March when he convened a meeting of SAARC leaders on video conferencing to have a cooperative approach to fight the pandemic.
Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. AK Abdul Momen thanked the government and people of India for the vaccines. He said India stood by Bangladesh during the Liberation War and has again come with the gift of vaccines for the country.
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