Dhaka, 10 December 2021 (TDI): Earlier this week, Malaysia donated 559,200 doses of the AstraZeneca Vaccines as well as medical equipment to Bangladesh, in an effort to help the country tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Many countries are making donations in the context of vaccine diplomacy.

Malaysia handover AstraZeneca Vaccines to Bangladesh

The donation was handed over by Haznah Md Hashim, the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh to Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. The handing over of the vaccines was done in Dhaka.

Bangladesh and Malaysia enjoy close and cordial diplomatic relations. Both countries maintain High Commissions in each other’s capitals. Malaysia was one of the first countries to recognize Bangladesh as an independent country in 1971.

The two partners are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the Developing 8 Countries. This latest contribution is a testament to the warm ties between the two.

Malaysia and Bangladesh have mutually beneficial ties and both countries collaborate in a multitude of fields like economy, trade, and investment with Malaysia being one of the largest investors in Bangladesh.

Malaysia handover AstraZeneca Vaccines to Bangladesh

The Malaysian Government also donated 283,400 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines along with relevant medical equipment to Lao PDR. Rafiqa Hazura Md Ridzuan, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Lao PDR handed over the vaccines to Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaisith, the Health Minister of Lao PDR in Vietiane.

The contribution is the embodiment of the close friendship between both ASEAN countries. The two countries collaborate in a wide array of spheres including trade and economy. Both have signed agreements like Tourism Agreement and the Bilateral Trade Agreement to expand bilateral relations.