September 28, 2022, 2:10 am

Diplomatic correspondent

2021-06-10 15:43:05 BdST

Formal announcement over vaccine coproduction soon: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said they will hopefully be able to make a formal announcement soon on vaccine coproduction in Bangladesh as there has been a progress in the ongoing negotiation.

He, however, said it is up to them (vaccine-manufacturing countries) to choose local pharmaceutical companies for the vaccine coproduction in Bangladesh.

"They’ll come and see the capacity after necessary inspection and will provide coproduction capacity," Dr Momen told reporters at State guesthouse Padma.

He said there will be no vaccine crisis in the country once coproduction begins. "Hopefully, we’ll become the exporter of vaccines (after meeting domestic demand."

Earlier, he attended a programme where Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) leaders donated medicines to Palestine Ambassador to Bangladesh Yusuf Ramadan.

Earlier, Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming on Wednesday said a "very pragmatic" discussion is underway between Bangladesh and China on procurement of Covid-19 vaccine doses to meet Bangladesh's needs.

He also said there is very a "encouraging progress" between the two countries over coproduction of vaccines.

Asked about misunderstanding with China over price disclosure, Dr Momen said there is no problem anymore as Bangladesh acknowledged the unintentional mistake.

"There’re many confidentialities in business and we -- the government -- is just a facilitator. We should abide by laws," he said, adding that they are in a very good position in terms of discussions with China.

China will deliver the second consignment of vaccine doses for Bangladesh as a gift of its government by June 13.

Dr Momen said Bangladesh will send two special flights to bring vaccine doses and other medical supplies.

Just nine days after the arrival of the first batch of 500,000 doses of gift vaccine in Bangladesh, China announced the provision of the second batch of gift vaccine doses to Bangladesh.

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