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At UNGA, Bhutan, Nepal express gratitude for supply of COVID-19 vaccines by India

Bhutan and Nepal on Monday expressed their gratitude and appreciation for India’s “heartwarming goodwill” and “valuable support” in supplies at the UN General Assembly. COVID-19 New Vaccines under DelhiThe ‘Vaccine Friendship Initiative’ that enabled neighboring countries to vaccinate their populations as the pandemic spread across the world.

Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Lyonpo Tandi Dorji, while addressing the high-level 77th session of the UN General Assembly, said on Monday that Bhutan, like many other parts of the world, was not spared or inspired by the effects of COVID-19. from disruptions. ,

“Our campaign to vaccinate our population has been recognized as an unexpected success story, and today, more than 90 percent of our entire population is fully vaccinated. This is, in no small measure, This was not possible due to the heartfelt goodwill of friends and partners, including India, whose Vaccine Maitri initiative enabled the completion of the first round of immunization for our adult population,” Dorjee said in his address from the UNGA podium. Day.

Bhutan also expressed its gratitude to the United States, Denmark, Bulgaria, Croatia and China, “whose generosity with vaccines came at the most critical time”. “We also thank all other bilateral partners and multilateral agencies who supported the logistics and provided financial support, medicines and equipment for our response to the pandemic. “Our success would not have been possible without the support of all of you,” Bhutan’s foreign minister said.

Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal also expressed appreciation in his address to the General Assembly for the vaccines provided by India to his country.

“In Nepal, we have been able to fully vaccinate 96 per cent of the target population, with almost everyone receiving at least one dose. We thank our immediate neighbors – India and China, our development partners and the United Nations system for their valuable support,” he said.

Under the Vaccine Friendship initiative of the Government of India, over 250 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been supplied to over 100 countries, including around 95 lakh doses to Nepal and 5.5 lakh doses to Bhutan.

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