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Bangladesh in talks with Russia for Covid-19 vaccine

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Health minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said that the government was negotiating with Russia for importing Covid-19 vaccine that the country developed last month.

Speaking to reporters at his office, Zahid said that the government already gave a letter to Russia expressing Bangladesh’s desire to import the vaccine.

‘The government also had fruitful follow-up discussion with the Russian ambassador in Dhaka,’ he said.

The government last week permitted International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh to conduct the third stage trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech Limited at seven hospitals in Dhaka, Zahid said.

He also said that the government was also negotiating to get vaccine being produced at the Indian Serum Institute.

He further said that South Korea would give Bangladesh eight lakh Covid-19 testing kits and would develop two testing laboratories in the country.

Earlier, a delegation of the Korean embassy met the minister at his office.

Source : The New Nation

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