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Bangladesh ‘working’ to manufacture COVID-19 drugs and generic PH drugs

MANILA – Bangladesh is “working to” boost local manufacturing of COVID-19 drugs and generic drugs in the Philippines, its ambassador said on Friday, after meeting with President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Bangladesh has a “booming pharmaceutical sector” which it “hopes to improve”, Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Borhan Uddin, told a press conference.

“We also hope to strengthen our cooperation in this sector and maybe there will be investments from Bangladesh to the Philippines in this sector,” he said.

The diplomat said he was also optimistic about the inclusion of the Philippines in the production of drugs against COVID-19.

“We are working on it and hopefully we will,” he said.

“We have already produced drugs to use for COVID and that is remdesivir. We have exported this drug to many countries including the Philippines,” he said.

Bangladesh exports its pharmaceutical products to some 140 countries around the world, including the United States and European Union countries.

It was the first country to produce a generic version of remdesivir, a drug used to treat severe cases of COVID-19.

Uddin said his country was also trying to develop a monkeypox vaccine.

Joan J. Dean

The author Joan J. Dean