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Vaccine assistance strengthens Bangladesh-USA relations: Maleque

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said relation between Bangladesh and the USA has become stronger as the country (USA) provided 61 million vaccines to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“The USA has stood by Bangladesh through providing medical equipment alongside vaccine donation when the country was struggling to handle coronavirus disease,” he made the comments while visiting vaccine assistance activities provided by the USA at Kurmitola General Hospital in the city, an official release said.

United States (US) undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland, Senior Secretary Lokman Hossain Mian, Director General of Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, among others, were present on the occasion.

The health minister said when vaccine scarcity were seen across the world, the USA has sent Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to Bangladesh to combat the spread of the deadly virus.