He said the committee had asked the authorities concerned four months ago to try to bring the vaccine from multiple sources. It also raised the question as to why ministry had failed to do so.

The ministry replied that it could not bring vaccine from more than one source for various reasons but they are now trying, Faruk Khan added.

Bangladesh would receive vaccines from multiple sources including India within a short while, the ministry said.

A press release of the parliamentary standing committee said that they suggested the authorities to continue effort to bring vaccines from USA, India and China.

The committee also suggested that the border with India will remain shut due to Covid situation in the neighbouring country.

Chaired by Faruk Khan, the meeting was attended, among others, by foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, Nurul Islam Nahid, Abdul Majid Khan, Habibe Millat and Kazi Nabil Ahmed.

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