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India To Provide Covid Vaccines For Free, Says Bhutan PM

PM Tshering stated Bhutan will seemingly obtain the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India (File)

Thimpu:

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Monday stated that the Indian authorities has introduced that they are going to present them COVID-19 vaccines without spending a dime.

“GoI (Government of India) has announced that they will provide vaccines for free and if we have to procure vaccines then His Majesty has said he would even provide from his personal resources,” PM Tshering was quoted by The Bhutanese.

“If we have to buy the vaccines then we may to spend $6 million. His Majesty was informed by the GoI that they value the old ties with Bhutan and will help Bhutan. We have told GoI that we plan to vaccinate the whole eligible population in one go and they said they understand,” PM Tshering stated.

PM Tshering additional stated that Bhutan was more likely to obtain the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

“It looks like we will get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India,” he was quoted by the Bhutanese each day.

The Prime Minister additionally knowledgeable that Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has commanded that each one Bhutanese overseas to get vaccinated.

“His Majesty has commanded that all Bhutanese abroad should be vaccinated too and if required then the embassies and missions will provide the resources if the vaccine has to be paid for,” stated Bhutan PM.

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This comes after the Nepal Government permitted the emergency use of the “Covishield” vaccine final week, which is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The Indian facet assured that the “requirements of Nepal would be in priority consideration after the roll-out of vaccines”, stated the Nepal Embassy following the approval of the vaccine.

Last week, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had stated that India is a frontrunner in beginning vaccinating folks in opposition to COVID-19 and this “has given us great hope.”

“Today as we wait for the availability of Covid-19 vaccines, India is one of the frontrunners. This has given us great hope. I take this opportunity to congratulate India and its innovative companies for success. Being next door, we believe we too will be availing these vaccines,” Mr Gyawali stated in a speech throughout an occasion organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs at Sapru House in Thimpu.

He had additionally lauded India’s achievements in infrastructure, industrialisation and a long time of profitable democratic observe.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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