After facing an acute shortage of made-in-India vaccine Astrazeneca jabs, Bangladesh on Wednesday received 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from the Chinese government.
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen and health Minister Dr. Zahid Maleque of Bangladesh received the vaccine from Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming as a gift at the Padma the State guest house.
Momen seeks to have almost 40 to 50 million doses of the Chinese vaccine in the future. He further proposes a co-production set up in Bangladesh for the manufacturing of the Chinese vaccine terming their togetherness as a ‘win-win’ situation. His statement reads, “We have the capacity to produce the vaccine and we can do it with their(Chinese) help if they agree we can go for co-production.”
However, Li the Chinese delegate symbolized the gift as an embodiment of China-Bangladesh anti-pandemic cooperation in regards to which he said, “Our people are in the same boat and we will stand with each other till the end of this battle.”
Initially, Bangladesh was not sure enough about the accountability of the Chinese vaccine until it got approved by the world health organization, but as the condition becomes ravaging day by day authorities are forced to accept the available sources including Russia’s Sputnik vaccine.
Meanwhile, the knot-full ties of the two countries experience tension when China warned Bangladesh about joining the Quad alliance stating Dhaka’s participation a “sustainable damage,” deterrent to which the vaccines arrived in the country.