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China to provide 500,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Nepal on grant basis

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In a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Gyawali on Friday evening, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi assured that China would accord priority to Nepal in vaccine cooperation, according to a press statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs.

Wang announced that China will provide 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Nepal on a grant basis, it said.

The embassy of China in Kathmandu recently said that China would provide 300,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine that is expected to benefit 150,000 Nepali people. During the telephonic conversation between the two foreign ministers, China increased the grant assistance to 500,000 doses, media sources reported.

However, the Chinese company producing the vaccine is yet to submit all necessary documents to the Nepal government. Without the green signal from the government, the BIBP-CorV vaccine – developed by Sinopharm – cannot be brought to Nepal, the report said.

China’s move to supply the coronavirus vaccine to Nepal is seen as Beijing’s efforts to step-up its vaccine diplomacy amid projections from experts that India could become a key player in distributing the jabs to the world.

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