18 May 2024, 19:59
Update : 19 May 2024, 09:25

Samanta seeks support of Oxford Vaccine Group to establish vaccine centre 

LONDON, May 18, 2024 (BSS) - Health Minister Dr. Samanta Lal Sen sought support from the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford to establish a vaccine centre in Bangladesh.

He expressed his interest while visiting the university on Tuesday (May 14) where the AstraZeneca vaccine was developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release received here today said.

During the visit, Samanta Lal met with the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, Professor Sir Andrew Pollard F MedSci, and discussed opportunities for establishing cooperation to create a National Vaccine Project in Bangladesh for producing vaccines in the country.

The health minister highlighted the Bangladesh government's vision under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to provide high-quality health services for all.

 He also said that her government aims to establish a vaccine centre in Bangladesh to produce vaccines.

Taking note of all the points raised by Minister Sen, Sir Andrew Pollard assured him of all cooperation in developing vaccines in Bangladesh.

The minister visited the drug discovery unit at Oxford University, where he met with senior researchers and high-ranking officials.

They discussed the potential for establishing a laboratory in Bangladesh for large-scale industrial production of vaccines. 

They also talked about collaborating to provide training to scientists, doctors, and health professionals.

The minister met with Professor Sir David Warrell, a leading figure in tropical medicine and the founding director of the Centre for Tropical Medicine in Thailand at the invitation of the Thai king.

They discussed the prospect of producing anti-venom in Bangladesh under EDCL to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Young researchers from Bangladesh who are studying in Oxford also attended the meeting.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem accompanied the health minister during the visit and the meetings.

Dr Sen was in the UK on an official visit to attend the Conference on "International Response to Antimicrobial Resistance," organised by the UK Government and the Royal Society.

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