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He said India and Bangladesh together can make South Asia the pharmacy of the world.

India has gifted Bangladesh three million SII manufactured vaccines free and supplied another seven million on payment before facing the massive Covid surge at home.

China stepped in immediately to provide free supplies.

With a production base in Bangladesh and later West Bengal, SII can service not only the whole of Eastern South Asia but also export to East and Southeast Asia. Poonawalla should read the geo-economic call in the Bangladesh offer
Sukhoranjan Dasgupta

On Tuesday, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said that Bangladesh will buy 15 million doses of Sinopharm vaccines from China and the first consignment may arrive in June.

He said that there have been positive discussions between the two countries and a deal is almost final. The total consignment will arrive in three phases, five millions in each month of June, July and August.

Delhi is trying to get the US supply at least three million doses of vaccine to Bangladesh and seven million doses to India to tide over the immediate crisis on both countries.

When asked why his ministry was sitting on a Bharat Biotech proposal to co-produce anti-Covid vaccines, the Bangladesh health ministry official said, “We’re waiting for WHO to recognise their vaccine.”

Bharat Biotech has said it expects WHO recognition by July.

The official said his ministry has only authorised three non-disclosure agreements with Incepta Pharma, Popular Pharma and One Pharma of Bangladesh to co-produce Russian and Chinese vaccines.

“But no co-production deals have been inked,” he said, adding that we “keenly expect Serum Institute to co-produce in Bangladesh.”

Bangladesh watcher Sukhoranjan Dasgupta told IANS, “Serum should seize the Bangladesh offer because it will be win win for both countries.”

“With a production base in Bangladesh and later West Bengal, SII can service not only the whole of Eastern South Asia but also export to East and Southeast Asia. Poonawalla should read the geo-economic call in the Bangladesh offer.”

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