Vaccine Diplomacy

China to provide vaccines to 14 countries including Nepal

KATHMANDU: China has announced that it will provide Synopharm vaccines to 14 countries, including Nepal. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi informed this at a regular press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nepal will receive 300,000 doses of Synopharm vaccine as a grant from China.

Spokesperson Shuang said that the vaccine will be distributed soon. According to him, China will provide vaccines to Nepal, Pakistan, Brunei, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Palestine, Belarus, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Guinea.

The vaccine given by China will be available to 1.5 million people in Nepal. The vaccine has already been conditionally approved in China and was given to 24 million people till January 31.

However, Nepal has not yet given permission for the use of the Chinese vaccine. Nepal has given permission for emergency use of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by Oxford. The Chinese vaccine is claimed to be 75 per cent effective. 

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