Bangladesh seeks 2m AstraZeneca vaccine to US...

Dhaka, Friday   25 June 2021

Bangladesh seeks 2m AstraZeneca vaccine to US

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 10:21 PM, 8 June 2021  

Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine; File Photo

Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine; File Photo

Bangladesh has asked the United States for 2 million doses of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine. The United States has also informed Bangladesh that it will send vaccines.

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. 

“The US government has told us they will give the vaccine to us, however, it was still unclear how much they will give,” he said. “We want so that they will give more”

According to a source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although Bangladesh wants the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, the United States wants to give the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Asked whether the US will give AstraZeneca vaccine, the Foreign Minister said, “We want the AstraZeneca vaccine. They (United States) said they will give. We need a minimum of 1.5 million. But we wanted 2 million vaccine doses.”  

US President Joe Biden recently announced that he would provide 7 million vaccines to South and Southeast Asian countries, including Bangladesh, as part of cooperation in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

US said the first shipment of 7 million of 25 million vaccine doses will go to South and South-East Asia. Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan and Vietnam will get priority in the first phase of this vaccine.