China sent the first consignment of Kovid-19 vaccines to Nepal and its officials said here on Saturday that 500,000 doses of vaccines would be sent to Nepal as a grant. A statement issued by Nepal’s foreign ministry said that China’s foreign minister Wang Yi spoke with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Gyawali over the phone on Friday evening and assured that China would prioritize Nepal in vaccine cooperation.
It stated that Wang announced that China would give 500,000 doses of Kovid-19 vaccines to Nepal on a grant basis. According to a report by China’s official news agency Xinhua, Wang said in an interaction with Gyawali that Nepal urgently needed Kovid-19 vaccines that China considers important and decided to give the first batch of vaccines as aid. is.
The Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu recently said that China would give 300,000 doses of vaccines to Nepal, which could benefit 150,000 people in Nepal. According to the Mae Republika portal, in a conversation between the foreign ministers of the two countries, China decided to give 500,000 doses to Nepal.
This decision by China is seen as an effort by Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy. Significantly, on January 22, India presented one million doses of Kovid-19 to Nepal.