Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has announced her country would extend a funding of A$5 million to the Red Crescent to support Covid-19 preparedness and response in Bangladesh.
This funding would 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 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 PPE procurement, Covid-19 awareness campaigns, and emergency food and income support, said a press statement issued on Saturday.
Australia is also working to increase the global supply of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines that includes an A$80 million commitment to the COVAX in advance where Bangladesh is also a beneficiary, the media statement read.
Commenting on the issue, Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer said, "As one of Bangladesh's oldest friends, Australia is committed to supporting the country in its fight against the pandemic to help ensure our shared region remains safe, stable, prosperous and resilient."