On Wednesday, the Chinese President Xi Jinping announced to donate 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal during the telephonic conversation with Nepal's President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. Nepal is currently dealing with a huge inadequacy of vaccines to more than a million people for the second shots.
According to the Foreign Ministry of Nepal, the two leaders discussed and exchanged their views on overall bilateral relations, including COVID-19 related cooperation. Source - Zee News.
“During today's phone conversation with Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced China will provide 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal under grant assistance,” Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Nepal said in a tweet.
Xi acknowledged the difficulties Nepal has been facing because of the second wave of the pandemic and expressed his government’s full support for the fight against Covid-19, the statement said.
"While appreciating President Xi’s public announcement that anti-COVID-19 vaccines should be global public goods, the Right Honourable President Bhandari also thanked China for providing Nepal with eight hundred thousand doses of anti-COVID vaccines earlier. The President of Nepal also requested for the facilitation of the Chinese Government to the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines from China," Nepal Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Also, many leaders from various Nepal Political Parties and China's ruling Communist Party (CCP) discussed the battle against COVID-19 in a virtual meeting held on Wednesday. They also thanked the Chinese government for their support and assistance with the COVID-19 equipment.
"I express and appreciate to China Foundation for peace and development and for donating COVID prevention material to Nepal CPN-Maoist Centre. Nepal’s situation of COVID-19 pandemic is precarious because of the rapid rise in cases. There is a lack of oxygen, hospital beds and other COVID-19 prevention material in the market," CPN-Maoist Centre chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' said during the virtual meeting.
Previously also, the government of the People's Republic of China had announced additional grant assistance of 5 million RMB under which items such as 650 oxygen concentrators, 20,000 oxygen nasal cannulas, and 20,000 oxygen face masks will be provided to Nepal by next month.