Let the covid vaccine be universal: Sheikh Hasina


News Desk: In order to speed up the fight against the epidemic, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanded that the COVID vaccine should be made available to the world without leaving it in the hands of any country or company.

The prime minister, who is visiting New York to attend the UN General Assembly, made the demand at a conference hosted by US President Joe Bain on Wednesday.

Sheikh Hasina’s video message was broadcast at the conference organized by the White House to end the epidemic and ensure greater health security.

Although the coronavirus vaccine has become the main weapon in the fight against the epidemic, its intellectual property has become an obstacle to dealing with the situation in poor and developing countries. Vaccines are also showing inequality between rich and poor.

Sheikh Hasina said, “The Covid-19 vaccines need to be declared as ‘Global Public Good’ to ensure effective vaccination worldwide.”

“To ensure universal access, developing and local LDCs must be allowed to produce vaccines locally.”

At the beginning of his speech, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh thanked US President Biden for organizing the conference.

The United States has backed a proposal to waive the intellectual property rights of the Covid-19 Ticker at the World Trade Organization (WTO) but has not agreed.

The Prime Minister said that the government has taken three steps to control the epidemic and stressed taking three more steps to ensure a secure future in the future.

The government has so far allocated an incentive package of দশ 15.4 billion, disbursed ৬ 176 million to 44 lakh beneficiaries, including the poor, the elderly, widows, and the disabled, as well as the informal sector workers, he said.

Sheikh Hasina said more than 35 million people have been vaccinated against covid in Bangladesh till September 14. It is also planned to vaccinate 20 million people every month to vaccinate 80 percent of the population by August 2022.

Sheikh Hasina said the government is giving priority to three issues to secure the future during this epidemic.

These measures include, first, the formulation of inclusive growth policies with an emphasis on improved health care systems and social security programs; Second, the emphasis on innovation, employment, and investment in sustainable economic recovery; Third, mitigate the damage caused by climate change and reduce carbon emissions.


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