AUSTRALIA EXTENDS A FURTHER A$5 MILLION TO SUPPORT BANGLADESH’S COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS

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Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced that Australia will extend
A$5 million (BDT 330 million) to the Red Crescent to support Bangladesh’s COVID-19
preparedness and response. This funding will be provided through the International
Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and be used to
procure and distribute essential supplies, including oxygen and related equipment, to
help communities withstand the health and social impact of the pandemic.
The funding is in addition to the A$5.7 million Australia provided last year for
personal protective equipment, COVID-19 awareness campaigns, and emergency
food and income support.
Australia is also working to increase the global supply of safe and effective COVID-19
vaccines, including through an A$80 million commitment to the COVAX Advance
Market Commitment, of which Bangladesh is a beneficiary.
Australian High Commissioner Jeremy Bruer said, “As one of Bangladesh’s oldest
friends, Australia is committed to supporting Bangladesh in its fight against COVID19, to help ensure our shared region remains safe, stable, prosperous and
resilient. Australia and our partners stand with Bangladesh in responding to the
pandemic.”