Poland Ambassador hands over 3.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh
Dhaka, November 10 2021 :
The Government of Poland has provided 3.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines to Government of Bangladesh this morning as a form of solidarity to the friendly country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The Polish gesture covers a consignment contains 3272, 880 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (Oxford AstraZeneca) as well as their transport to Dhaka through their own arrangement. Due to the size, the consignment is being sent in three batches. The first batch (1027,290 doses of vaccine) has been arrived today. The second batch (920,790 doses of vaccine) will arrive on 11 November and the third one (1324,800 doses of vaccine) will arrive on 14 November.
At the Padma State Guest House, Dhaka, in an unostantious ceremony, Prof. Adam Burakowski, Ambassador of Poland to Dhaka (resident in New Delhi) handed over the token vaccine doses to Bangladesh side. Lokman Hussain Mia, Senior Secretary of Health Services Division under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh and Rear Admiral (Retd.) Md. Khurshed Alam, Secretary, MAU and acting Foreign Secretary, received the token gifts from the Ambassador.
The Ambassador of Poland stated that the COVID vaccines are donation to the Government of Bangladesh by the Government of Poland as a gesture of friendship to Bangladesh. He expressed hope that both the countries would soon be able to overcome the pandemic through shared efforts. The acting Foreign Secretary thanked the Government of Poland for standing by Bangladesh and mentioned that the friendly gesture would further strengthen the existing bilateral relationship between the friendly countries. Acting Foreign Secretary also appreciated the support of Poland in such a time when the Government of Bangladesh planned to inoculate its population.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were present during the handover ceremony.