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Indian envoy: Working to ensure Bangladesh vaccination drive continues

  • Published at 02:53 pm April 22nd, 2021
Indian High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami speaking to reporters at the Akhaura Immigration Checkpoint in Brahmanbaria on Thursday, April 22, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh has administered over 7.57 million doses of the vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India

India is working to ensure the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh so the ongoing inoculation drive can continue, says the neighbouring country’s envoy.

"Of all the countries we have sent vaccines, Bangladesh has received the most," High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami told reporters in Brahmanbaria on Thursday.

India has so far provided seven million vaccines to Bangladesh in line with the agreement, according to him.

The envoy said there is a global crisis over the availability of vaccines.

"The demand is much higher than the supply. Everyone is working together to increase the availability and supply of vaccines," he said while speaking to reporters at the Akhaura immigration checkpoint. 

Doraiswami came to Bangladesh on Thursday after spending four days in his home country on a work trip.

"We are working to ensure that the vaccination process continues in Bangladesh," he said, before adding that the second wave of the Covid-19 was very severe and that the situation in his country was getting tougher.

Bangladesh has administered 7,577,889 vaccine doses so far since the start of the inoculation campaign, say the health authorities.

Till Wednesday, 5,761,902 people had received their first dose of the vaccine, while 1,815,987 people received their second dose, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

On the other hand, Bangladesh registered 95 more deaths of Covid-19 patients in 24 hours till Wednesday, which pushed up the total number of fatalities to 10,683 since March last year.

Besides, 4,280 people were found infected during the period after testing of 28,408 samples, according to the health directorate. That took the total number of cases to 732,060.

On April 19, the country broke all the previous records of daily Covid-19 deaths by registering 112 fatalities.