Bangladesh ahead of Australia in COVID-19 vaccination, envoy says

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Highly appreciating Bangladesh’s success in facing the COVID-19 pandemic, newly-appointed Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer has said Bangladesh is ahead of Australia in COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The envoy came up with the statement when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Wednesday. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting, reports UNB.

Putting emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation between the two countries, Jeremy Bruer said his country wants to keep up this cooperation and advance it further.

He also said Australia wants to join a bay cruise with Bangladesh to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangladesh’s Golden Jubilee of Independence.

Regarding the upcoming tour of Australian cricket team to Bangladesh, Jeremy Bruer appreciated the Bangladesh cricket team while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh took support from Australia for developing its cricket.

The Australian envoy informed the Prime Minister that he has taken the first dose of novel coronavirus vaccine along with diplomats in Dhaka.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister described the present situation of novel coronavirus in Bangladesh as under control with united efforts of all sectors.

“We’ve engaged all the government agencies, including the administration, armed forces, police personnel, party leaders and workers, to face the challenges and combat the Covid-19,” she said.

Regarding the Rohingya issue, Sheikh Hasina renewed her call to the international community for coming forward to settle the matter. “Bangladesh is continuing its dialogue with Myanmar to send back the Rohingyas to their homeland,” she said.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus was present during the meeting.