Earlier, in the morning, Hualong gave a status on his Facebook wall. “600,000 gift vaccines by Chinese government is ready for delivery by 13 of June,” the status reads.

Chinese state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi announced that China would gift the second batch of 600,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Bangladesh during a phone conversation with Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on 20 May.

Following the phone conversation of the two ministers, the China embassy in Bangladesh issued a media release that said, “China pays close attention to the latest situation of the epidemic in Bangladesh. At the critical time in Bangladesh’s fight against the epidemic, China is concerned about the urgent need for vaccine of Bangladeshi friends...”

“Just nine days after the arrival of the first batch of 500,000 doses of gift vaccine in Bangladesh, China once again announced the provision of the second batch of gift vaccines to Bangladesh, which fully reflects that China attaches great importance to the friendly relations between the two countries,” the release added.

On 12 May, China gave a gift of 500,000 doses of vaccine produced by Sinopharm to Bangladesh. Of the amount, 30,000 doses were allocated for the China citizens working in Bangladesh. The second batch of 600,000 doses of vaccine is also produced in Sinopharm.

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