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Covid-19: India gifts 150k doses of vaccine to Bhutan

Mumbai - India ensured a continuous supply of trade and essential items to Bhutan, despite Covid-19 restrictions.



By ANI

Published: Wed 20 Jan 2021, 8:13 AM

As a gift from India, the first consignment of 150,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ was dispatched to Thimphu, Bhutan, from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai, in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to the sources, a consignment containing 150,000 doses of Covishield will reach Thimphu today. Bhutan is the first country to receive the Government of India’s gift of the Covid vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

In line with unique and special India-Bhutan relations, India ensured a continuous supply of trade and essential items to Bhutan, despite Covid-19 restrictions.

India so far has provided essential medicines and medical supplies — including paracetamol, hydroxychloroquine, PPEs, N95 masks, x-ray machines and test kits worth over Rs28 million to Bhutan. It also entered into an Air Travel Arrangement or transport bubble agreement with Bhutan.

India has facilitated the repatriation of over 2,000 Bhutanese nationals stranded in various parts of India. It also facilitated the repatriation of 14 Bhutanese nationals stranded in third countries through Vande Bharat flights to India and their onward journey to Bhutan, sources said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India is honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community.

“India is deeply honoured to be a long-trusted partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community. Supplies of Covid vaccines to several countries will commence tomorrow, and more will follow in the days ahead,” PM Modi tweeted.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release on Tuesday that the government has received several requests for the supply of Indian manufactured vaccines from neighbouring and key partner countries.


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