Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen hoped on 06 June 2021 that no obstacle may be placed in getting the Chinese vaccine and said there is no ‘deficit’ in Dhaka-Beijing bilateral relations over the COVID-19 inoculation.
“There isn’t supposed to be any problem (to get Chinese vaccine),” he told reporters at his office yesterday.
The foreign minister also said Bangladesh is discussing procuring vaccines from a Chinese company while the Chinese government is playing the role of facilitator between the two sides.
“Diplomatically, we agreed that Bangladesh wants to buy (Chinese COVID vaccine), and they (China) will supply,” he said.
Dr Momen said he had requested the Chinese foreign minister to ensure a ‘stable supply’ of COVID vaccine to Bangladesh and his counterpart gave him assurance in this regard.
The health ministry has almost completed the process of purchasing 1.5 crore doses of Sinopharm vaccines from China commercially.
On Saturday (05 June 2021), the Chinese embassy here said Beijing will send the second consignment of 600,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines as part of gifts to Bangladesh by 13 June.
At the request of Bangladesh foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen On 22 May, his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi announced that China has decided to provide six lakh more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Bangladesh as the second batch of gifts.
On 12 May, China handed over first batch of five lakh doses of its Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh as a gift while Dhaka is keeping its efforts on globally to get access to enough inoculation.