“Government helps expats secure hotel accommodation in Saudi Arabia for quarantine”


| Update:
May 28, 2021, 8:47:02 AM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Thursday the government would help Bangladeshi expatriates manage hotel accommodation in Saudi Arabia for their mandatory quarantine there.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines or the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment will establish a list of those traveling to Saudi Arabia, UNB reports.

“The mission will help them find hotels, if necessary, the ministry will subsidize the costs if they are high,” he told reporters, saying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked them to help expatriates to stay at the hotel.

Dr Momen said there is a proposal to provide vaccination under a special arrangement for expatriates in the Middle East who are over 20 years old and are traveling to countries like Saudi Arabia for avoid quarantine there. “We will discuss it tomorrow. We think about it. Let’s see.

He said anyone can self-quarantine at home in Saudi Arabia if they are vaccinated and have a negative Covid certificate.

The foreign minister expressed his displeasure saying that there was too much media coverage, although only 13 people were infected with the Indian variant of the coronavirus and only one person was infected with a black fungus , which resulted in the placing of Bangladesh on the red list of many countries and the suspension of flights.

“It shouldn’t be a big deal if there is only one case (black fungus) in the country of 170 million people. It’s not even a problem to report in the media.” , did he declare.

The Foreign Secretary said there were 93 million doses of the vaccine in Australia and the new Australian High Commissioner met with him on Thursday.

Dr Momen said he asked the High Commissioner what they would do with the extra doses of vaccine. “It’s very unfair. You should give it to us.”

On Tuesday, the president of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkir, advocated for vaccines for all with its fair and equitable distribution globally, noting that no one is safe until all are safe.

Billions of dollars have been provided to multilateral mechanisms to purchase and distribute vaccines. And yet, he said, the fact remains that only 0.3 percent of all vaccines have gone to low-income countries.

Australia has entered into five separate agreements to secure more than 195 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, if they are found to be safe and effective.

Responding to a question, Dr Momen said there would be a meeting with Russia with relevant secretaries to discuss the issue of vaccines the way the government has proceeded with China.

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