COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – India gave 1.2 million free doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to Bangladesh on Saturday, its international minister mentioned, as Dhaka urged New Delhi to take care of a daily provide of pictures to battle the pandemic.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the providing on the finish of a two-day tour of Bangladesh to have fun its fiftieth independence anniversary. The journey additionally marked Modi’s first international journey because the outbreak of the pandemic.
Bangladesh signed a deal in November with the Serum Institute of India, the world’s greatest vaccine maker, for 30 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The nation of greater than 160 million individuals has already obtained 9 million vaccine doses from Serum. India has additionally beforehand gifted its neighbour 2 million doses of the shot that Serum is producing for a lot of nations.
India has instructed its worldwide companions that it’s going to prioritise home inoculations over exports of vaccines because it battles an increase in new infections.
“Bangladesh has requested a daily provide of the remaining vaccines bought from the Serum Institute,” the nation’s international minister A.Okay. Abdul Momen mentioned in a televised speech. Bangladesh has vaccinated greater than 5.2 million individuals because the begin of its inoculation marketing campaign in February.
It has seen a spike in coronavirus instances in current weeks, which the federal government has blamed on crowding and residents ignoring well being pointers. Newest figures confirmed it recorded 3,674 new infections, the very best each day depend since July 2, taking the whole variety of instances to 591,806, with 8,869 deaths.
Reporting by Ruma Paul; Writing by Sankalp Phartiyal; Modifying by Mike Harrison