Hasina thanks Modi for gifting 2m doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday extended her heartiest greetings to her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for giving Bangladesh two million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a gift.

“You know the Coronavirus vaccine that India provided us as a gift has already arrived. I thank the Indian Prime Minister for that reason. The vaccines which we have bought will arrive by January 25 to 26,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing as the chief guest virtually in the inaugural session of the historic international e-conference titled “Celebrating the 100 Years of the University of Dhaka: Reflections from the Alumni-International and National” from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital.

Dhaka University organized the conference at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on the campus this evening.

Referring to the government measures in purchasing the Covid-19 vaccines, the Prime Minister said, “We are taking all the required measures to face the coronavirus.”

She also said that her government has a plan to proceed with the vaccine.

The premier said the entire world came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic hoping that the situation will end one day.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni spoke at the function as the special guest while eminent economist Professor Rehman Sobhan read out the keynote paper.

Vice Chancellor (VC) of the DU Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman presided over the function while convener of the conference convening committee Prof Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed moderated it.

DU Pro-VC (admin) Prof Dr. Muhammad Samad read out a citation on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while its Pro-VC (academic) Prof Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal gave vote of thanks to the premier and others for taking part at the programme.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, the DU vice-chancellor earlier received a souvenir marking the birth centenary of Dhaka University from its teacher Prof Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed.❐

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