Malaysia donates over half a million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh

Malaysia donates over half a million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh


Dhaka December 7 2021 :


The Malaysian Government has provided more than half a million AstraZeneca vaccines to the Government of Bangladesh this afternoon as a gesture of solidarity and support in the latter’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.


In a formal ceremony held today at the State Guest House, Padma, Dhaka, Haznah Md. Hashim, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh officially handed over the token vaccine doses to Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen. Secretary (East) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Bangladesh and officials of the High Commission of Malaysia in Dhaka were present during the ceremony.


High Commissioner of Malaysia Haznah Md. Hashim described the donation of 559,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and medical equipment to Government of Bangladesh as a testament to the close, warm and cordial relations existing between the two brotherly countries. The High Commissioner also mentioned that Government of Malaysia prioritized Bangladesh for donating vaccines even with its limited inventory.


Foreign Minister Dr. Momen appreciated the kind gesture and support of the Malaysian Government and thanked the brotherly Government of Malaysia for standing beside Bangladesh during this pandemic. Highlighting the massive inoculation programme undertaken by the Government of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr. Momen mentioned that already more than 100 million of the population had been vaccinated of which more than 67 million received a single dose while more than 37 million received double doses. He lauded the efficiency of the vaccination programme through which even 08 million people were administered jabs in a single day during the special inoculation drives. He also assured that there was adequate vaccines at hand and the process of vaccinating the nation was on track. He expressed hope that Bangladesh would venture into vaccine production in near future as well. Foreign Minister Momen also thanked the Government of Malaysia for allowing Bangladeshi expatriate workers to stay in Malaysia even during the most difficult phases of the COVID-19 infections in the country.