China offers 500,000 doses of covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan

On Thursday, china offers 500,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan. On the same day, India sends 3 million vaccine doses to the neighbour countries Bangladesh and Nepal.

Two Indian flights delivered two million doses of covid-19 vaccine to Dhaka and one million doses to Kathmandu. Seychelles and Myanmar were set to receive 50,000 doses and 1.5 million doses respectively on Friday.

Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Seychelles and Myanmar are part of India’s initial rollout of vaccines as grant assistance. There is also another plan to execute to deliver doses to Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

After a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Thursday that Beijing had gifted 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as an aid.

He said, “I want to give the nation the good news that China has promised to immediately provide 500,000 doses of vaccine to Pakistan by January 31,” Qureshi said. “They (China) have said you can send your aeroplane and immediately airlift this drug.”

Qureshi told Wang as said that, "Pakistan was the first country China thought of assisting with vaccines because of their all-weather strategic relationship." He also added, "China would supply more than a million doses by February."

According to the information, Pakistan is the world's first and most populous country that hasn’t rolled out a vaccination programme. Pakistan is the only country in the region to have approved the Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use. The approval for Sinopharm earlier this week came days after Pakistan cleared the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The two million doses of Corona vaccine were handed to Bangladesh by Indian envoy Vikram Doraiswami to foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and health minister Zahid Maleque in Dhaka.

Ak Abdul Momen said, "India had stood by Bangladesh during the Liberation War of 1971 as well as the pandemic that had impacted the world. “This proves the true friendship between Bangladesh and India."

India's vaccine has reached Nepal within a week of a request made by visiting Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali during a visit to New Delhi last week. While handing over the supplies to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Kathmandu, Indian envoy Vinay Mohan Kwatra said, “India’s Neighbourhood First policy in action”.

Observers have noted and told that "India speedily rolled out millions of doses as aid despite the massive requirements of its vaccination drive that began on January 16."

Former ambassador Vishnu Prakash said, “This is my definition of the Neighbourhood First policy. It is the kind of policy and approach that we need to follow and it shows the difference between India and other countries. I can’t think of such selflessness by any other country in an hour of need.”

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