BD seeks 40 lakh doses of vaccine from US
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammad Shahriar Alam on Monday said the US would consider the request of Bangladesh for 40 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines on an urgent basis within a day or two.
"We have requested the US in a letter seeking four million doses of vaccine immediately to address the shortage here," Shahriar told the reporters on Monday following a meeting with the US ambassador Earl Miller at the Foreign Ministry.
He said the government also informed the US authorities that Bangladesh might need to source 10-20 million doses of vaccine as a part of the huge requirement here.
The US Ambassador informed that his government was working on this and he had recommended having a regional approach in South Asia in distributing vaccines from the US.
He also informed that the US government was exploring the possibilities to produce US vaccines in Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies, Shahriar said. On May 5, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen requested the United States to provide 40 lakh doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on an urgent basis.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller met the junior Minister for Foreign Affairs and discussed the 2021 Joint Response Plan which will be launched today (Tuesday).
The US$943 million plan seeks to meet the needs of more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees and 472,000 Bangladeshis in the surrounding host communities in Cox's Bazar district.
The US Ambassador in Bangladesh Earl R. Miller called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam on Monday and exchanged views on a number of global and bilateral issues, including the launching of the annual Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the humanitarian operations for displaced Rohingyas, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the COVID situation and vaccine issue etc.
During the meeting, the State Minister emphasized that sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas remains as the priority of Bangladesh and also stressed the need for receiving international support for the displaced Rohingyas relocated to Bhashan Char.