Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 21 January: India has officially handed over 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine as a gift to Bangladesh.
In an event at the state guest house Padma, High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami handed over the vaccine to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, hours after the consignment arrived Dhaka on Thursday.
Bangladesh Health Minister Zahid Maleque and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam also attended the ceremony.
“The gift comes as per our commitment to our neighbouring country,” Doraiswami said while addressing the event.
“It will strengthen existing relation in between the two countries,” he said, adding that Bangladesh received the highest volume of consignment from India due to its large population.
Earlier, a shipment carrying 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from India arrived in Dhaka airport around 11.15am on Thursday.
The vaccines were then taken from the airport area for Tejgaon district EPI cold storage around 12:30 noon.
DGHS official said the vaccines came in two cargo frights, one carrying 60 boxes while the rest was carried by the other.
Every box has 1,200 vials of vaccine. One vial means 10 doses of vaccine.