Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 7 January: Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami has said that it is not yet certain when the Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Bangladesh.
He said: “It may take some time for the vaccine to come [to Bangladesh] as the governments and many other bodies are involved in this process.”
“This is a very sensitive issue. This [the vaccine] is not like any other product,” the Indian envoy told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Thursday noon, reports Bangla Tribune.
Stating that he is also unsure about the number of doses of Covid-19 vaccine arriving from India, the Indian high commissioner said: “There are no obstacles or restrictions on vaccines being sent to Bangladesh.”
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Earlier in the day, Vikram met with Food Minister Sadhan and discussed various bilateral issues.
During the meeting, he praised Bangladesh’s efforts and initiatives in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic and said that Bangladesh and India have been working together in the fight against the deadly virus as the two neighbouring countries share very close ties.
The Indian high commissioner assured that all facilities in the ports within India would be provided on priority basis so that the import of rice from the country could be completed. The food minister and the Indian envoy also discussed in detail improving the quality of food products, safe food, testing laboratories, and the ongoing construction of food warehouses.
At the meeting, the two hoped that the friendly political relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the future as well.