Kathmandu, February 6
China will provide 5,00,000 doses of Covid vaccines to Nepal on a grant basis, officials here said on Saturday, supplying the first batch of vaccine aid to the Himalayan nation.
During a telephonic conversation with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Gyawali on Friday, 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 here.
According to a report by Chinese news agency Xinhua, during the phone conversation with Gyawali, Wang said China attached great importance to Nepal’s urgent need of Covid vaccines.
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 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. — PTI