India gives Nepal ‘iron clad’ commitment on Covid-19 vaccine, supply schedule next week
India’s neighbour Nepal has been assured by the Indian government that it will be among the first countries to receive twin Covid-19 vaccines developed by India. The announcement of the supply schedule will be done in the coming week.
The Narendra Modi Government has given an iron clad commitment to the neighbouring country, Nepal, regarding the delivering of the Covid vaccines to the country. Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali visited New Delhi for the Joint Commission Meeting with the external affairs minister Subramanyam Jaishankar. Foreign Minister was assured in the meeting that it will be among the first countries to get the supple of the twin vaccine by India.
Nepalese foreign minister Gyawali was not able to meet PM Modi as he was busy with the launch of Covid-19 vaccines in the country. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reciveed Gyawali on his visit to India.
With his meeting with Minister Jaishankar, Gyawali, talked about how Nepal is preparing itself to get the Indian Vaccine with Nepal regulator granting approval during the foreign dignitary visit.
India has decided to take care of the emergency requirements of its friends. Besides Nepal, India will supply vaccines for restricted use to countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Maldives. The supple schedule is still under process.
According to government interlocutors, India and Nepal are now on way to discuss training of medical modules, who will vaccinate Nepalese front line workers during the restricted use period. A total of 2,67,056 Covid-19 cases were reported in Nepal and 1,954 deaths were recorded due to the pandemic.
Other than the discussion on vaccines the two sides also agreed to slowly open the air and land route connectivity. Both the countries also agreed to expedite the field location survey related to the Raxaul-Kathmandu railway line.
The critics of Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli said that the Gyawali’s visit to New Delhi was nothing more than a damp squib. But in reality Pradeep Gyawali was able to impress the interlocutors of the ministry with his professionalism and sobriety with which he approached the bilateral relationship.
An official who attended the meeting said, ““There were no acrimonious notes during Gyawali’s visit with the visitor taking a very responsible view of the bilateral relationship.”
Indo- Nepal defence cooperation will deepen in future as Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has offered to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training and capacity building to the Oli Government.