In response to the worsening Covid-19 situation in the neighboring region, Bangladesh handed over 10,000 vials of antiviral injection Remdesivir to India on Thursday as part of its medical assistance. With more than 3,00,000 new coronavirus cases registered daily in the last few days, India is dealing with the second wave of the pandemic, and hospitals are running out of medical oxygen and beds.
Toufique Hasan, Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata, handed over 10,000 vials of Remdesivir to an Indian government official at the Indian border port of Petrapole.
According to an official statement, these 10,000 injections were sent as medical assistance on behalf of the people of Bangladesh on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s instruction for the Covid-affected people of India. This was Bangladesh’s first shipment of medical supplies.
Bangladesh offered last week to send emergency medicines and medical equipment to India in order to tackle the massive increase in coronavirus cases. Around 10,000 vials of injectable antiviral, oral antiviral, 30,000 PPE kits, and thousands of zinc, calcium, vitamin C, and other essential tablets are among the supplies.
“Bangladesh stands in solidarity with its near neighbor India at this crucial juncture, and Dhaka stands ready to provide and mobilize help in every way to save lives there,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The government stated that if necessary, Dhaka would provide additional assistance to India.
“The Government of Bangladesh expresses deep sorrow and condolences for the loss of lives in India as a result of the recent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said, adding that Bangladeshis’ thoughts and prayers were with the Indian people to alleviate their suffering.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said in New Delhi last week that over 40 countries have pledged to provide India with desperately needed medical supplies such as oxygen-related equipment and essential medicines to help it cope with an unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to data updated on Thursday by the Union Health Ministry, new coronavirus cases and deaths in India reached a daily high of 4,12,262 new infections and 3,980 fatalities, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 2,10,77,410 and the death count to 2,30,168.