Amid the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in India, Bangladesh on Thursday provided 10,000 vials of antiviral injection Remdesivir to the neighboring country.

India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new Covid-19 cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.

Bangladesh’s Deputy High Commissioner in Kolkata Toufique Hasan handed over 10,000 vials of Remdesivir to the representative of the Indian government at the Indian border port of Petrapole.

These 10,000 injections manufactured locally were sent as medical assistance on behalf of the people of Bangladesh at the instruction of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the Covid-affected people of India, said a statement.

This was the first consignment of medical assistance by Bangladesh.

Last week, Bangladesh had offered to send emergency medicines and medical equipment supplies to India to combat the massive spike in the Covid-19 cases.

The supplies include about 10,000 vials of injectable anti-viral, oral antiviral, 30,000 PPE kits and several thousand zinc, calcium, vitamin C and other necessary tablets.

“Bangladesh stands in solidarity with its close neighbour India at this critical moment and Dhaka is ready to provide and mobilise support in every possible way to save lives there,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.


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