US explores scope to produce vaccine in Bangladesh: envoy

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 18:09, May 17,2021 | Updated: 00:35, May 18,2021


The United States ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller

The United States is exploring the possibilities to produce coronavirus vaccines invented by the country in pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh, US ambassador Earl Miller said on Monday.

The ambassador made the comments in a meeting with state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam at the foreign ministry in Dhaka, Shahriar said after the meeting with Miller.

On a request to the US on providing vaccine for meeting Bangladesh’s immediate needs, the ambassador expressed his hope that the US government is likely to come up with a response in a day or two.

Miller recommended having a regional approach in South Asia on getting vaccines from the US, according to a press release of the foreign ministry.

Expressing his observations about the difficulties a large number of Bangladeshi students are facing in getting US visas, the state minister requested the ambassador for providing timely visa interview slots for the students intending to go to the US for studies.

Miller assured Shahriar that they were working on resolving the backlog created by the ‘lockdown’ situation.

Expressing Bangladesh’s deep concern about the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the minister urged the US to take a proactive role for stopping the bloodshed immediately.

He also reiterated Bangladesh’s support for the two-state solution.

Bangladesh is trying to procure Covid vaccine from India, China, Russia and the US to meet the local need as Serum Institute of India has failed to fully supply Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as per the agreement with Bangladesh. 

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