Vaccine production announcement soon: Momen

Bangladesh is expecting to make a formal announcement on vaccine production ‘soon’, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen says.

Replying to a question on Thursday, he said the vaccine manufacturers would decide with whom they would tie up in Bangladesh, but there was progress in negotiations.

“They (vaccine makers) will inspect the capacity of our local pharmaceuticals and make the decision,” he said.

The foreign minister was handing over medicines to Palestine Ambassador in Bangladesh Yusuf Ramadan. The Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) donated those medicines to the Palestinian people.

Bangladesh is focusing on vaccine co-production as the country will need about 28 crore vaccines to vaccine 14 crore people as targeted by the government.

The government is exploring all options in this regard. Talks with the Chinese makers are at the advanced stage.