Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that Bangladesh has the capability of producing Covid-19 vaccines and supplying those to other countries.
She said that during her recent tour in the UK and France, she told world leaders about Bangladesh wanting to produce Covid-19 vaccines.
“I requested them to remove all obstacles to producing coronavirus vaccines in Bangladesh… This is the right of the people of the whole world and it should be declared a public good.”
She mentioned that the government has also allotted land for the purpose of producing vaccines.
Hasina, also leader of the House, said this while discussing a resolution to thank Unesco for introducing an award on creative economy in the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Abdus Shahid, Awami League MP and former chief whip of parliament, placed the resolution under section 147 of the parliament rules of procedure.
In her speech, Hasina said Bangladesh has changed in the last decade and the country’s image has brightened up before the world.
She said her government has proved that it is possible to make progress for the people. “We have proven that Bangladesh can be developed.”
Hasina thanked the people of the country for supporting her party and casting votes for it repeatedly in the elections.
The PM spoke about how the country was globally acknowledged for its success in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said her government wanted to advance the country following the footstep and ideology of Bangabandhu.
Talking about the youth, she mentioned the start-up programme of the government to help fund young entrepreneurs to start their business.
In this connection, she thanked Sajeeb Wazed, Radwan Mujib Siddiq, and some young MPs for initiating Young Bangla, which support start-ups.
The Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for Creative Economy was introduced in 2020 to recognise and reward exceptional initiatives taken by individuals or organisations that support young entrepreneurs in the field of the creative economy.
On November 11, Hasina has handed over the “Unesco-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for Creative Economy” to MoTIV, a Uganda-based integrated creative studio.
“Uganda got the award this time. InshaAllah, entrepreneurs from Bangladesh will get it in the future.”
The PM said her government has been creating the scope for the young people to tap into their talents and creativity.
Education Minister Dipu Moni, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Deputy Leader of the Opposition GM Quader, AL MPs — Amir Hossain Amu, Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Nurul Islam Nahid, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Party MPs — Moshiur Rahman Ranga, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, Fakhrul Imam, BNP MP Harunur Rashid, among others also took part in the discussion.
The parliament later unanimously adopted the motion by voice vote with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. -Daily Star
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