Covid-19 Vaccine: The Prime Ministers of Nepal and Bangladesh thanked the Indian leadership and the people of India. Kathmandu and Dhaka received two large consignments of the Covishield Vaccine of the Serum Institute of India. The two South Asian leaders spoke as India prepared 1.5 million Covishield doses to reach Myanmar in a particular flight. Nepal appreciates this gesture from a friendly neighbor,” said Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli in a social media message soon after he personally received a part of the consignment from Indian ambassador in Kathmandu Vinay Mohan Kwatra. Oli thanked Narendra Modi and the people of India for the ‘generous’ supply of the Vaccine at a “critical time. India is also facing a domestic vaccination issue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also thanked Mr. Modi during a press conference held at her official residence. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said he would take the first shot. Dhaka’s Daily Star has reported that Bharat Biotech has sought permission for clinical trials of the Covaxin in the country.
Dhaka and Kathmandu received millions of covid-19 Vaccines.
Two million doses of the Covishield vaccine reached Dhaka. One million doses of the Vaccine were sent to Kathmandu on a particular flight. Bhutan and the Maldives received the vaccine consignments on Wednesday. Apart from the Vaccine supply, India has also conducted a training workshop during January 19-20. India conducted workshops for Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bahrain, Brazil, Mauritius, Morocco, Oman, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka.
“National and provincial level officials, cold chain officials and partners from WHO and UNICEF participated,” a source said, explaining that the program covered important issues like “logistics, cold chain management, safe injection practices and waste management.” The interactions also dealt with the course of action to be taken in case of adverse events following vaccination. As part of the ongoing Vaccine Maitri program for “neighbouring and key partner countries,” Yangon will receive a consignment of 1.5 million doses of Covishield on Friday. India had earlier provided COVID-related assistance to Myanmar to the tune of ₹9.380 crores. In October 2020, the second tranche of vials and Remdesivir were provided to Yangon. Seychelles too expected to receive the Vaccine shortly.