The Prime Minister called for declaring the vaccine a ‘global public interest product’

  |  Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 |  6:07 am

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call for declaring the Covid-19 vaccine as a ‘global public interest material’ by attending the Covid-19 summit held at the White House.

Sheikh Hasina said that in order to effectively conduct global vaccination activities, the Covid-19 vaccines need to be declared as a ‘global public interest material’.

The Prime Minister made the remarks while addressing a function titled ‘White House Global Covid-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better Health Security’ on Wednesday.

US President Joe Biden hosted the virtual summit on Wednesday at 11 a.m. local time.

In his address to the conference, Joe Biden called on heads of state and government, international organizations, businessmen and non-governmental leaders to work together to end the Covid-19 epidemic.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, African President Cyril Ramaphosa and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said local vaccine production opportunities should be provided through developing and least developed countries which have the capacity to ensure universal right to vaccine.

The White House told invitees that follow-up events later this year and early 2022 are being held to hold participants accountable for their commitments.

The Prime Minister said her government has taken a three-pronged approach to fight the Kovid-19 epidemic. “First, adequate medical facilities, equipment, life-saving drugs and resources have been allocated to save lives.”

“These measures include providing assistance to protect the livelihoods of our citizens, especially the most vulnerable people, and restoring economic activity as soon as possible,” he said.

“We are primarily focused on inclusive growth policies, focusing on improved healthcare systems and social security net programs,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the government is working for a second sustainable economic recovery, with an emphasis on innovation, employment and investment.
Third, he said, the focus is on climate resilience and low carbon emissions.

“So far, we have allocated ১৫ 15.4 billion in incentive packages and distributed িয়ন 18 million to 4.4 million beneficiaries, including the poor, the elderly, widows, people with disabilities and the informal sector,” he said.

He added that as of September 14, more than 35 million had been vaccinated.

“We plan to vaccinate 20 million people every month until 80 percent of our population is vaccinated by August 2022,” he said.